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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is among those cheering the prospect of bringing an NBA franchise to town — even if only temporarily.

Lucas tweeted on Saturday an invitation to the Toronto Raptors to make Kansas City, and T-Mobile Center its home away from home this next season.

Kansas City is among the cities mentioned in online stories as a possible U.S. base for the team if COVID-19 continues to hamper travel across the U.S.-Canadian border.

In his tweet, Lucas said “the @Raptors in KC would be a perfect match. We will make sure the right folks know #KCMO and @tmobilecenter are ready.”

A report last week that the Raptors were considering Louisville, Kentucky, as a home base for the upcoming season has been shot down. But Louisville and Kansas City were among options studied in a column by Jason Mills of

Read more about why Kansas City and the T-Mobile would be a perfect fit in the Kansas City Business Journal.