Toronto to host 2016 NBA All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James at the 2013 NBA all-star game. (Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James at the 2013 NBA all-star game. (Getty Images)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:48 PM ET

TORONTO - The basketball world is coming to Toronto in early 2016.

Multiple sources told the Toronto Sun Tuesday that the Raptors are on the verge of landing the 2016 NBA all-star weekend.

An official announcement is expected within a week that will reveal further details of how one of the sport’s biggest weekends will tie into Toronto’s 20th-anniversary season.

Tim Leiweke, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO, made it clear upon taking over the company that landing the prestigious event was one of his early goals.

“Clearly the 2016 all-star game is a flag in the sand that we planted with the NBA. It is a must-have in my opinion and it will be the centrepiece of how we rebrand this,” Leiweke said in May.

He also has said that Raptors fans “deserve a little bit of positive news.”


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