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Report: Heat could host All-Star Game as soon as 2019

Could the NBA All-Star Game be heading to South Florida? It may happen sooner than you think.

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According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the NBA has raised the possibility of the Miami Heat hosting an All-Star Game in South Florida in the near future.

During an event to unveil the Heat's Learn & Play Center at Robert King High Park, Eric Woolworth, Heat Group president of business operations, commented on the possibilities of the event returning to Miami for the first time since 1990.

"The NBA has made it clear to us that they would like to try figure out how to come to Miami," according to the report. "And so, we have put some feelers out to the people around town, to see what can be done. And so I would say we're at the very preliminary stages of trying to figure something out."

While the league is currently assessing alternate options for the 2017 game in Charlotte due to LGBT legislation currently in North Carolina, the Heat have not been mentioned as a possible replacement.

Acknowledging that there will be challenges with venue and hotel availability since the game takes place during the same weekend as the Miami International Boat Show, Woolworth said "the Boat Show still is a conflict, we don't know what's going to happen with the Convention Center in Miami Beach, so we're sort of following that story. But we think there may be some other options around town. And we're starting to engage in some dialogue."

With the All-Star Game scheduled to be at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2018, and the league not having any commitments beyond that, 2019 would be the earliest for the NBA to bring the All-Star Game to South Florida.

Let's hope it happens.