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Report: Raptors could use Newark to play home games in 2020-21

Toronto may still be under travel restrictions due to COVID-19. If that’s the case, Newark makes sense for the Raps to play home games.

Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors reacts during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors could end up playing their home games in Newark, New Jersey, during the 2020-21 season, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Canada is still under a strict travel ban to the United States due to COVID-19, so the Raptors may need to find a different place to play temporarily. There had been reports a week back that Kansas City was being considered as a possible home for the Raps. Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Nashville have also been mentioned.

Newark makes the most sense, though. The city has the Prudential Center, which is home to the New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall basketball. It can seat 19,500, though that really isn’t a big talking point with fans likely not being able to attend games initially. The Rock is also close to most of the Raptors division opponents (Knicks, Nets, Celtics, Sixers).