NBA considering potential 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are discussing the idea of an All-Star Game in March, a person familiar with ongoing talks told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the discussions.

Atlanta has emerged as a possible site, with the plan to provide COVID-19 relief and funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The NBA’s 2021 All-Star Weekend was scheduled for Feb. 12-14 in Indianapolis, but the league on Nov. 25 scrapped those plans because of the pandemic and unusual schedule. It awarded Indianapolis the 2024 All-Star Game following Cleveland in 2022 and Salt Lake City in 2023.

The league still plans to announce All-Stars if no game is played and acknowledged in November "plans for a revised NBA All-Star 2021 will be announced at a later date."

The NBA is scheduled to take a break March 5-10 and resume the second half of the season on March 11. That empty week would allow the league to play some version of an All-Star Game.

ESPN first reported the news.

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