The National Basketball Association is expected to announce on Thursday that Phoenix will host the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.
The league and the Phoenix Suns have scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning with city officials, club executives and NBA commissioner David Stern on hand amid reports the deal is done.
Arizona's largest city last hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1995. The desert region known as the Valley of the Sun also hosted the 1975 edition of the all-star showdown.
The 2008 NBA All-Star Game will be staged on February 17 at New Orleans.