Cleveland is one of two cities to have the “upper hand” on hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star game per a report out of Comcast Northwest.
In discussing the potential for Portland, Oregon—one of six NBA cities to have never hosted the mid-season festivities—to play host in the near future, the town’s target date is 2017 due to New Orleans and New York/Brooklyn hosting the events in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Chris Haynes, the author of the report, claims that Cleveland and Toronto are the odds-on favorites to land the event in 2016.
In February, it was reported that Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers submitted a proposal to the league to bring the All-Star weekend to Cleveland in 2016 or 2017. Gilbert had met with deputy commissioner Adam Silver to discuss the potential of the games returning to Cleveland for the first time since the team played host 16 years earlier.