Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal is reporting the Cavaliers will submit a proposal to bring the 2016 or 2017 NBA All-Star game to Cleveland.
Last week NBA Deputy Commissioner, Adam Silver, was in Cleveland exploring the possibility of bringing the NBA’s biggest and brightest stars to Northeast Ohio.
Silver met with Gilbert and his staff last Friday. One of the questions that must be answered is whether the city has enough available hotel rooms to accommodate the event, which has grown considerably in the last 16 years since Cleveland hosted. Gilbert didn’t have the numbers in front of him and doesn’t know yet if the city has the proper accommodations. But since the game wouldn’t come for another three or four years, Gilbert is confident the city would be ready.
Next year’s all-star festivities are set to take place in New Orleans and Silver stated that 2015 will most likely be headed to New York at either Madison Square Garden or The Barclays Center.
Cleveland last hosted All-Star Weekend back in 1997.