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NBA close to agreement on All- Star Weekend

- Jeff Zillgitt

The NBA and National Basketball Players Associatio­n are getting closer to an agreement on a 2021 All- Star format that would include an East vs. West game and potentiall­y a dunk contest and 3- point shootout on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, two people familiar with the negotiatio­ns told USA TODAY Sports.

The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until an agreement is reached.

Both sides are interested in holding a single- day event – All- Star Weekend is one of the NBA’s most watched and popular events – and they would need to act fast to make the arrangemen­ts.

All- Star festivitie­s normally are spread over a weekend. But the NBA postponed its All- Star Weekend set for Feb. 12- 14 in Indianapol­is because of the COVID- 19 pandemic.

All- Star voting began last week. The NBA and NBPA maintained a dialogue around the idea of holding a version of the game while the league took a break from regular- season games March 5- 10.

Logistical details, including health and safety protocols and travel for players, family members and support staff, need to be resolved.

 ?? QUINN HARRIS/ USA TODAY SPORTS ?? The NBA is closer to an agreement with the players union to move ahead with an All- Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta, after the league canceled All- Star Weekend in February in Indianapol­is amid COVID- 19 concerns.
QUINN HARRIS/ USA TODAY SPORTS The NBA is closer to an agreement with the players union to move ahead with an All- Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta, after the league canceled All- Star Weekend in February in Indianapol­is amid COVID- 19 concerns.

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