It may be soon, it may take a while longer, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that the Warriors are getting closer and closer to announcing a decision to move to San Francisco.
Following up a report from this newspaper's Warriors fan blogger, Adam Lauridsen, I asked Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob on Sunday night if the team has decided that the Piers 30-32 site in San Francisco will be their home starting in 2015.
Lacob's answer, via email:
"We are not prepared to make any announcements at this time," Lacob said.
Not exactly a stirring denial of Lauridsen's report, and you can bet Lacob knows it isn't close to a denial.
Lacob and Peter Guber haven't hidden their desire to move to San
And if you had any conversation with Guber, specifically, about the ultimate destination of the Warriors, you came away knowing it'd almost certainly not be in Oakland once they could get out of their lease.
They can get out of it after the 2016-17 season.
Which plays into this Piers 30-32 site, because the Warriors would need at least a couple of years to nail down the permits, environmental reports, financing and all the other doodads that come with building a sporting venue in the Bay Area.
I've long thought that working with the Giants would
There's a shortcut, if Lacob and Guber want to take it.
But Lacob & Guber also don't want to be the little brothers in any new site -- they want something big and grandiose on their own terms, and the waterfront Piers 30-32 site could be all of that.
If they can get the funding. And wade through the
Maybe that's all been lined up -- or is about to be -- and Lacob & Guber can and will make a big announcement soon. Lauridsen suggests it could come as soon as this week.
Lacob, again, wasn't saying.
But they've set their sights on S.F., that much we know, and they paid a record $450 million for a team that isn't worth that much ... unless it's in S.F., in a gleaming new building, generating mega-revenues.
They're headed for S.F. The announcement is coming. It just depends on the timing and the exact location.
Probably within a few weeks on the timing, and probably the Piers 30-32 site for the location -- all credit to Lauridsen.
That could make the next five seasons at Oracle Arena a little weird, but the Warriors are OK with that, as long as they end up where they want to be, when they want it to be.