Montreal Not Ready for an NBA Team Just Yet, But it is Always Possible
It doesn’t hurt to try.
Although it doesn’t seem as though the NBA has any plans for expansion until the 2025 season, on the day the Toronto Raptors took on the Brooklyn Nets at the Bell Centre, an important press conference took place in Montreal. The NBA should seriously look at expansion in the near future, and maybe, a move to Montreal would be the right fit.
“The NBA is not considering adding a team to the 30 already in place in the short term,” said spokesman Michael Fortier. “Our goal is instead to be ready the day that opportunity comes along.”
Of course it is well understood that Montreal is no where near ready to bring on their first NBA team, but the goal is to do everything the city can to put themselves into the position of delivery a team at some point to the French province.
“Well I certainly think that the Canadian market is unbelievable,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said. “The spread of everything from the national team to the Raptors, to the talent level that is being produced out of Canada right now, we’re riding an amazing high. I don’t know what Adam Silver’s plans are for expansion, but I think everything out of Canada is super positive.”
Before Montreal even makes it on the list of possibilities, the NBA will most certainly explore the possibility of moving back to Seattle, or quite possibly take advantage of the Las Vegas market. With the clearance of gambling by the league, a move to Sin City looks as plausible as ever these days.
While the buzz may be there at the yearly Toronto Raptor game, the energy surrounding the sport does not captivate the city of Montreal just yet. In fact, team in the city may very well face similar struggles to the Montreal Expos baseball team that has since moved onto Washington.
While of course an interesting idea, the city of Montreal has a lot of work to do. At this point in time, a basketball team does not make sense, but never say never and who knows – one day, we may see a team in the province of Quebec.