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Unanswered Questions Remain for Raptors as NBA’s Return Looms

There are 30 teams in the NBA, but only one will have to deal with one additional roadblock.

The United States border.

As the league’s lone Canadian team, the Toronto Raptors have yet to address the very important hurdle on their path to defending the NBA championship in Orlando. According to head coach Nick Nurse, the team is still piecing together a game plan for workouts before they head south and meet 21 other teams.

“We haven’t really made a final decision on it on a date to reconvene, or where we’re going, or any of that kind of stuff yet,” Nurse said. “We’ve made plans on both sides of the border, just for doing it as safe as possible. It’s kind of our first and foremost priority — then maybe as quickly as possible, too.”

Teams are expected to arrive at Disney World around July 7, about three weeks prior to the resumption of the 2019-20 regular season.

“We still don’t quite have all the information, but that’s getting closer,” Nurse said. “Day by day, it gets closer, and then we’ll make a final decision. We’ll have to do a lot of things, as you guys might guess. We’ll have to do some testing right away. Before we make any moves, we’ll have to get a lot of things in place.”

A number of players traveled home during the hiatus, which means they will be required to take part in a 14-day quarantine period if the organization asks them to return to Canada for preliminary workouts. Of course, once the other half of the team comes down to Orlando, they do will be required to quarantine upon crossing the border.

“We’ve still got a few options that we’re looking at,” Nurse said.

It may be in the Raptors best interests to find a central practice site on American soil prior to arriving to Orlando.

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