With how soon the 2017 -2018 NBA season is approaching and with Free Agency done for another summer, the question looms to whether will the NBA ever expand? Whilst speaking to Portland Trail Blazer Point Guard C.J. McCollum, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver thinks that a return to Seattle is a matter of inevitable not when.
Talking to The Players’ Tribune, McCollum asks the Commissioner about a whole host of topics from his Twitter account to players visiting the White House, however a question which is a hot topic with fans and that is, will the NBA expand beyond the thirty teams that we have now.
Even though Silver didn’t mention any other cities, it was clear that even though a NBA extension would not be happening within the next year or so, there is definitely room for expansion. Seattle have not had a pro basketball team since it’s departure in 2008 to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, however Seattle’s recent home, the KeyArena is still being used including the franchise’s sister WNBA’s Seattle Storm.
Back in June before the start of the Finals, Silver was asked about expansion however he shot that down by saying that it wasn’t a possibility that they were looking into. Before expansion does happen within the league Silver cited that he wanted all thirty NBA teams to be financially stable.
The National Basketball Association has just finished one year of a nine year national television contract which will payout a total of $24 billion, so basketball fans have to wait another eight years for another franchise to be added.