Friday July 22nd, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

NBA free agency is dying down as most of the big names are off the market, but there are still a few notable players available.

However, the biggest news of the day came from the league office when it announced it had pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, N.C. in response to House Bill 2, which has been criticized for being anti-LGBTQ.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.

• New Orleans is now the favorite to host the 2017 All-Star Game, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

• The NBA is committed to giving the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte “if the HB2 situation is resolved,” reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

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• The Boston Celtics have shown interest in trading for Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, but he is not a current priority for them, reports Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

• San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili would have signed with the 76ers if the Spurs didn’t re-sign him, reports Michael Lee of The Vertical.

• The Los Angeles Lakers have an “unnamed trade target” in mind they plan to pursue, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.

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• New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is organizing a meeting with community leaders, athletes and politicians in Los Angeles to address police-related shootings, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

• Knicks point guard Derrick Rose said people are putting New York in the same “superteam” class as the Golden State Warriors, reports Begley.

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