Contraction has been rumored as a possibility for the New Orleans Hornets. New Orleans has already lost the Jazz in 1979 to Utah after just five seasons. Now after a total (two in Oklahoma City) of seven seasons in the Big Easy, the Hornets could be on the move elsewhere.
Anaheim, Tampa, Vancouver and Kansas City all have NBA ready facilities for the Hornets or whomever is ready to move. Seattle and Las Vegas are also in play, but without venues. Contraction is a possibility because the owners will undoubtedly use it as a bargaining chip to get the players association to come to agreeable terms.
The players oppose contraction because that's fifteen less multi-million dollar pay days.