Professional basketball could have returned to the Big Easy, despite Mayor LaToya Cantrell's threats to shut down the city over COVID-19 restrictions.
On Wednesday, Forbes reported that a group of Pelicans executives and city and state officials had put together a "strong bid" to host the remainder of the NBA season.
According to reports, the bid included plans to house teams in the Hyatt downtown and hold games at Smoothie King Center.
Cantrell later suggested on Twitter she was on board with the idea of bringing the NBA's restart to the city in an effort to "save our tourism."
Despite the efforts, the NBA's board of governors approved a plan to resume the season at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
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