While the Raptors believe they have plenty to offer bey…

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While the Raptors believe they have plenty to offer beyond the court — the massive marketing potential that comes with living in one of North America’s biggest cities and a vibrant, passionate fan base — privately, the franchise is confident in its abilities to make a compelling pitch based on basketball reasons. “When we came aboard six years ago, we wanted to bring this organization to a level where you can make this pitch,” Webster said. “So you have strength in excellence around the organization — the basketball side, the coaching staff, the medical and support staff, obviously ownership — to where when we have a superstar player, an MVP-candidate-type player, now we can go to him and say, ‘We are really confident in who we are, we’re really proud of what we’ve built, and these are all the reasons why we think you should stay.’
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