Credit: AFP – Scanpix
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NBA informed teams via memo that, as it stands, non-vaccinated NBA players without a valid medical reason will still be ineligible to play in Toronto for the 2022-23 season, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

Players, who fail to meet Canada's vaccine requirements, will not be paid for the games they miss, ESPN adds.

Teams must also report those players as, "Out -- Health and Safety Protocols," per a memo that was distributed by the league.

The rules date back to the middle of last season. Kyrie Irving and Matisse Thybulle were forced to miss multiple games due to their stance on COVID-19 vaccines.

This season, the Toronto Raptors will play at least 44 games in Canada: pre-season matches in Edmonton against the Utah Jazz; Montreal against the Boston Celtics; and Toronto against the Chicago Bulls. On top of that, their typical 41 regular-season home games at Scotiabank Arena and any additional playoff games.

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