Once the Millrats establish a fan base, they’re aiming to move into the Verizon Wireless Arena and apply for membership to the NBA Development League. The Boston Celtics, hopefully, would be become the parent club.
Personally, I think Halifax should follow suit if the team has a good year. Ideally I’d like to see us become the Raptors’ minor league club, but I see almost no hope in hell of that happening. I’d also love to see the North East franchises that are stable (Vermont, Quebec, etc.) form a league with short travel times and less sketchy midwest/west coast clubs. I think that starting a league/barnstorming circuit which is regionally based to reduce travel times makes more sense than a pan-Canadian league. Pan-Canadian anything (including… well… the nation of Canada) tend to have a hard time staying afloat due to distance, cultural differences and regionalism.
Edit: Me linking to that article bumped it up four spots in the google search results for “Manchester Millrats”… two spots above the team’s official website.