In a discussion with Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, NBA commissioner Adam Silver left open the possibility of Cleveland being awarded a future All-Star game, but put a potentially large condition on the table: renovations of Quicken Loans Arena.
"They've expressed interest in it and we're waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building," Silver told Northeast Ohio Media Group during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The commissioner wouldn't expound upon the enhancements required to land the event.
This is a pretty great scoop from Haynes. Cleveland has been awarded the 2016 Republican National Convention, and is generally thought to be on the upswing. An event like All-Star weekend being awarded would add to the momentum. Downtown is thriving, and the city has the infrastructure to host it. But maybe the Q doesn't.
It's worth noting that while the Q is the NBA's 9th oldest arena, it's been renovated several times in various ways. The scoreboard is, of course, ridiculously large. It could look a little better from the outside, but it's not worth speculating on what Silver wants done. At some point, Gilbert might have to weigh more renovations against a totally new Arena.