From the moment Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the Warriors, deafening whispers abounded of an eventual move to San Francisco.
Rumors earlier this year had the Warriors building a complex behind AT&T Park. That prospect seemed to die when the Giants announced plans to develop the area — with no mention of a Warriors arena.
Almost immediately, a new rumor splashed ashore from the Bay, right at Piers 30-32 along the Embarcadero. This plan involved tons of cooperation from The City, including rebuilding the dilapidated piers, which isn’t cheap or easy.
Last week, Mayor Ed Lee and all 11 city supervisors penned a letter calling for the Warriors to return to The City, seemingly setting the table for a deal.
San Jose Mercury News’ volunteer fan blogger Adam Lauridsen tweeted this afternoon to report his sources tell him a deal to move the Warriors across the Bay has been finalized.
It may seem odd for a volunteer fan blogger to break this story, but Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami took the report seriously enough to try to confirm it.
Of course Lacob wasn’t going to confirm anything on a Sunday evening, but Kawakami doesn’t think it’s a flat-out denial.
Lauridsen believes the official announcement could come this week. Kawakami seems to agree.
CNBC’s Business Reporter Darren Rovell isn’t convinced that it’s a done deal. He thinks five years of waiting is a lot of time for something to go wrong.
We’ll see what the Warriors have up their sleeves. I have mixed emotions about a possible move. I love the idea of the Warriors playing in San Francisco. The venue will be amazing.
But I hate the idea of ripping the team out of Oakland. Those Warriors fans that fill up Oracle every night love that team unconditionally, and deserve to keep their team.