NBA expansion rumours arise as Collective Bargaining Agreement solution gets closer

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In what is fantastic news for the future of the National Basketball Association, it appears the league is close to finalising details on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

The 2011 lockout saw the season cut down to 66 games per team as the players and owners struggled to agree on the distribution of the television rights money. 

There were serious concerns 2017 could see another lockout, but it seems all parties have finally come to terms on an agreement that benefits all. 

There have been rumours flying around that after the new CBA is signed, expansion could be on the cards. 

The league has been through many expansions over the years - the Charlotte Hornets - formerly Bobcats  - became the 30th team in 2004 while the Toronto Raptors and Memphis - formerly Vancouver - entered in 1989. 

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David Locke, a radio presenter for the Utah Jazz, fuelled excitement that the league could be expanded to 32 teams by saying commissioner Adam Silver has always wanted 'soccer type' tournaments. 

There are a number of cities that would be keen on hosting an NBA team, but Seattle is always the venue to be spoken about. 

After losing the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City, it would be a brilliant return, but Vancouver, Kansas City and Baltimore are all major cities that could be in with a shout.

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