Re: League considering expanding the schedule
From a TV contract standpoint (and that is the straw that stirs the revenue drink), the regular season games do not start until after Labor Day due to ratings. I doubt the starting date for the regular season would move up.
If the regular season expands to 17 games, I guess they could dump the bye week or just extend the season to the point the Super Bowl is played President's Day weekend.
Sounds like a way to increase TV revenue rather than anything to do with expanding the game overseas (a losing proposition as American influence wanes worldwide and basketball appears to be the "American" sport that most readily will have a worldwide appeal).
Anything that cuts down the number of preseason games works for me.