NBA fans have been clamoring for the addition of new expansion teams in the league for a long time now. With the league having been at 30 teams for a long time now, viewers want some change to spice things up. Adding two or four more teams to the fold will make the NBA watching experience a lot more fun.

However, if Adam Silver were to have his way, he'd rather not have any new expansion teams in the near future. The NBA commissioner hopped on a podcast and talked about the chances of cities like Las Vegas and Seattle getting an NBA team soon. (via Review Journal)

“There’s no doubt Seattle would be a great market. Las Vegas would be a great market. There’s state-of-the-art arenas in both those communities,” Silver said. “And so we’ll look at it … it’s not on the front burner for our league right now.”

When asked for his reasoning, the NBA commissioner cited both parity and economic concerns regarding the matter. Interesting.

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“If you expand, the way I think of the league, the 30 teams, there are 30 shareholders, and you are really selling equity. Let’s say, if you were to expand by an even number, the extent you are growing, things get divided by 1/32 instead of 1/30.”

“Even with all the very best players in the world coming to this league [NBA], a game played by tens of millions of kids around the world, you still don’t have the kind of competitive parity that we would like. And if you expand, you’re diluting talent even more.”

These are legitimate concerns from Silver. Adding new NBA teams isn't as easy as most fans think it is. The nature of expansion drafts make it so that the entering teams have… not-so-good players on their roster. The NBA has slowly been gaining more parity over the years, but adding new teams now would undo those changes.

Still, though, it would be fun to have more cities to root for in the NBA. Seattle, in particular, deserves another NBA team: the city is one of the most basketball-hungry areas in the US. Bringing back the SuperSonics to the league would be righting the wrongs made in the past of moving the team away from that city.