The next commissioner of the NBA doesn’t know whether Hugo the Hornet is headed for a Charlotte homecoming, but, either way, an all-star game seems likely for the Queen City.

Those were the highlights from a 20-minute interview session with NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver hosted at the Charlotte Bobcats’ offices Monday afternoon. Silver was here as part of his regular visits to see team executives and gauge how franchises are faring.

The Bobcats, of course, are dreadful on the court. After setting a league mark for futility last season with the NBA’s lowest winning percentage, Charlotte is 20-61 after Monday’s win over the New York Knicks. The regular season ends Wednesday and the Bobcats are likely to have the worst record in the NBA.

Despite those problems, Silver praised the ownership of Michael Jordan and the rebuilding efforts led by team president Fred Whitfield.

Of the prospective All-Star Game bid, an idea backed by Whitfield and local tourism executives earlier this year, Silver offered his endorsement, citing the success last year of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The NBA is staging the next two all-star weekends in New Orleans (2014) and New York (2015), but the Bobcats could bid for the 2016 game.

Time Warner Cable Arena hasn’t hosted the game since opening in 2005. The Charlotte Hornets had the NBA’s mid-season showcase in 1992 at the Charlotte Coliseum.

“I’m very excited about the prospect of the All-Star Game returning to Charlotte,” Silver said Monday. “It’s a terrific arena, it’s one of our best basketball markets in terms of passion and fans support.”

Silver said, “We look forward to coming back here. I’m pleased to hear that the team is interested in applying for another All-Star Game. … This town knows how to host big events.”