Amid reports that the Warriors have agreed to a deal for a new arena in San Francisco for 2017, team co-owner Joe Lacob issued a classic non-denial denial Sunday:

"We are not prepared to make any announcements at this time," Lacob said in an email.

This was a statement echoed by many throughout the organization when news of the purported agreement spread.

Adam Lauridsen, whose Warriors blog appears on the Bay Area News Group website, cited on Twitter an anonymous source that the team will build a privately funded arena on Piers 30 and 32 on the Embarcadero. ESPN.com, citing an anonymous source, also reported that the Warriors are close to a deal with San Francisco.

The Warriors, according to league sources, had preliminary discussions with the Giants. But those didn't pan out as, according to one source, the two sides clashed over how much control the Giants would have.

The Warriors still could end up part of the $1.6 billion Mission Rock project, which was unveiled April 4. The 27-acre plan -- which will develop the land south of AT&T Park -- isn't scheduled to break ground for three years. Plus, the site on the Embarcadero isn't without issues. Parking for an arena would be scarce, and the potential traffic headache could scare off the city officials who would have to approve the plans.

One source with periphery knowledge of the negotiations said don't be surprised if the Warriors agreed to the Embarcadero deal as a message to the Giants. With years of bureaucracy awaiting both projects, time exists for the two sides to work on a deal and change directions.

Either way, all signs point to the Warriors leaving Oakland for the financially greener pastures of San Francisco. Many would say this is the direction Golden State has been headed since Lacob and Peter Guber bought the franchise.