Commissioner Adam Silver proposed an idea to combat lost revenue from last season. That meant adding two more teams to bring the league to 32 teams, shooting for a $2.5 billion price tag per team. This has sparked speculation about the return of the Seattle Supersonics, who haven't seen NBA basketball since 2008. It has also ignited talks of possibly seeing basketball in places like Las Vegas and Kansas City, cities that already have NBA-ready arenas.
Expansion is becoming a trend, with the NHL adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 and the Seattle Kraken next season. MLB is also exploring expanding, with Montreal and Nashville floated as potential sites. With that being said, here's what the NBA would look like with both Seattle and Las Vegas in the fold.
First, the Oklahoma City Thunder don't have to travel as much under this alignment. Instead of going to Portland, they can just head south to Dallas. Another winner is Minnesota, who can avoid Denver, Salt Lake City, and Portland and head to Milwaukee and Chicago instead. Seattle is also a winner because they're returning to the NBA. Supersonic fans can finally rejoice at Squatch's return and can hate Oklahoma City with a fiery passion.
This alignment may seem imperfect at first glance. However, taking a look at it closely reveals a better look. You can even make the argument that it looks better than the current incarnation. For me, I'm just glad realignment talk is back. The speculation about the future of the sport is fascinating, forging new rivalries and compelling story lines. That, along with flawless marketing of its superstars, makes the NBA an interesting product down the road.
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