NBA Expansion: Why the Timberwolves may soon join the Eastern Conference

With NBA expansion only a matter of time, the Minnesota Timberwolves may soon change conferences and it could have huge ramifications for the up-and-coming team.
Minnesota Timberwolves v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three
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There have been many hints made by NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, about how expansion teams could be coming soon to the league. More specifically, rumors have swirled that Seattle and Las Vegas are the two most likely destinations to gain an NBA franchise in the near future.

A fun aspect of this speculation is guessing what fun team names could be selected for the expansion teams, such as the Las Vegas Vultures or the Seattle Sasquatch, among other options. A topic that gets discussed much less frequently is how these new additions to the league could cause conference movement within the NBA.

Las Vegas and Seattle are both locations that would need to be placed into the Western Conference. Seattle is on Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and is about as far west as a team can get. Las Vegas is also in the same PDT timezone so they too, would need to be added to the Western Conference. What does this mean for the conference structure?

There is no way that the NBA could function from a structural standpoint with 17 teams in the Western Conference and only 5 teams in the Eastern Conference. Due to this, one of the current teams in the west will likely be forced to switch conferences. The most likely candidate that could be joining the Eastern Conference for better or for worse are the Minnesota Timberwolves… and here is why!