Thursday August 4th, 2016

The NBA is reportedly nearing a deal with New Orleans officials for the city to host the 2017 All-Star Game, according to The New Orleans Advocate.

The deal is expected to be announced early next week.

The game, which is scheduled to take place on Feb. 19, was originally set to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, the event was moved due to the league’s objection of the state’s House Bill 2. The bill limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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The NBA hopes that Charlotte will be able to host the game in 2019.

New Orleans is no stranger to hosting the event. The city has hosted the All-Star Game twice in the past eight years.

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