NBA Moving Draft From NYC to Newark

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24: Evan Turner of Ohio State stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers second overall at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Stern;Evan Turner

    A person familiar with the plans says the NBA draft is moving from New York City to Newark.

    The person requested anonymity because the league had yet to announce that the annual draft of college players will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark in June.

    Mayor Cory Booker appeared to be excited about netting the draft, retweeting, "It is awesome!" to a follower who tweeted his congratulations.

    Commissioner David Stern is expected to make the announcement Wednesday night before the New Jersey Nets' season opener against the Detroit Pistons. The Nets will play their home games at the Prudential Center for the next two years before a planned move to Brooklyn, N.Y.

    The draft had been held in New York City since 2001.