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AP source: NBA 2014 All-Star in New Orleans

By Brett Martel

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 16 2012 9:10 a.m. MDT

Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints owner, waves to the crowd with his wife, Gayle Benson, as he arrives for an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies in New Orleans, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Benson agreed Friday to purchase the Hornets from the NBA.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A person familiar with the decision says the NBA is awarding New Orleans the 2014 All-Star game, now that Tom Benson has agreed to buy the Hornets and sign a lease extension at New Orleans Arena.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because an announcement by NBA Commissioner David Stern was scheduled for the afternoon.

Stern had already pledged that New Orleans would get an All-Star game once a new owner and lease extension were in place. Stern is in New Orleans on Monday to introduce the New Orleans Saints owner as the new Hornets owner. The two announced an agreement Friday for Benson to take over the Hornets.

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