Raptors close to making announcement on new practice court

DeMar DeRozan at the Raptors' practice court. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

DeMar DeRozan at the Raptors' practice court. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:46 PM ET

Nearly a year ago, Tim Leiweke said the team was looking for a new, state-of-the-art practice home for the Raptors.

The plan was to help attract potential free agents and to keep current players happy by having the best facilities possible.

On Wednesday, the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president/CEO said an announcement pertaining to the facility should be coming by May.

“We’re making progress with the practice facility, it’s something that we’ve been working on at the same pace and in the same conversations with (the BMO Field) renovation,” Leiweke told the Sun over the phone from New York City, where he is attending the NBA’s board of governors’ meeting.

“The city has been fantastic. We’re pretty much close to an agreement in principle. Part of what I promised (general manager Masai Ujiri) was the ability to announce it in the next couple of weeks. We want to have it done in time for the 2016 all-star game.”


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