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Report: NBA finalizing New Orleans as host of 2017 All-Star game

NBA All-Star Game 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Western Conference Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors moves the ball across mid court during 2014 NBA All-Star game against the Eastern Conference at the Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The East defeated the West 163-155. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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After the NBA moved the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, New Orleans quickly became favored to host the event.

New York, Chicago and Las Vegas also emerged as contenders, but it seems nowhere eclipsed the Big Easy.

Scott Kushner and Brett Dawson of The New Orleans Advocate:

New Orleans officials are closing in on a deal with the NBA to host the 2017 All Star Game and are in the process of ironing out details, multiple league sources told The Advocate on Tuesday.

If everything goes to plan, there is a formal announcement expected to take place early next week, sources said.

I’m all for it. New Orleans is a great city with desirable February weather.