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Officials from the Toronto Raptors were in Rochester Tuesday to discuss an affiliation with the Rochester RazorSharks.
Plans were discussed for the RazorSharks to move from the Premier Basketball League to the NBA Developmental League, RazorSharks owner Dr. Severko Hwrynak said.
"They were in town yesterday," Hwrynak said. "That's why I'm in town. I flew in from Chicago, and they came in from Toronto. We had some talks.
"They were just talks. We were just laying down the groundwork."
The agreement would be similar to the one enjoyed by the Minnesota Twins and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in baseball.
"We would have to reach an agreement with Toronto to join the NBA D-League," Hwrynak said. "It would be an affiliation. They would send us the players and pay for the players. We would pay for all the other expenses."
The affiliation wouldn't begin until the 2015-16 season.
According to Hwrynak, multiple NBA teams have reached out to the RazorSharks about potential affiliation. There are currently 18 teams in the NBA Developmental League, and 17 of the teams have exclusive affiliation agreements with NBA parent teams.
The Raptors, who won the Atlantic Division title last season at 48-34 for the first time in seven seasons, currently share an agreement with 12 other NBA teams with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants.
The RazorSharks are the defending PBL champions.
"Believe it or not, a lot of NBA teams have contacted us to have Rochester do an affiliation with them," Hwrynak said."They did their due diligence, so they know what we bring to the table. They know we have a good product. We have a lot of good players and the agents want their players to come to Rochester."
Hwrynak said that officials from the Raptors toured the Blue Cross Arena, interviewed team employees, and looked at the team's financial records.
"The meeting went great. It was about four hours. They didn't just stop in for a cup of coffee. It was serious," Hwrynak said. "They took a tour of the arena, interviewed all of our staff. They saw it was our 10-year anniversary. They looked at our financials. When somebody does that, I think they're pretty serious."
Hwrynak added: "My nature is always optimistic. If we go, it's a win. If we don't, it's still a win. We will still have the RazorSharks here. To me, it's a win-win either way."
He said there is currently no timeline in place and "it's all legal stuff right now. The lawyers have to talk and have to work out stuff."