The Golden State Warriors may be on the verge of coming back to San Francisco, according to media reports.
An unnamed source told ESPN on Sunday that the team wants to make the move.
“We’re not prepared to make any announcements at this time,” Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder told The Examiner on Monday morning. Asked when an announcement could be expected, Ridder responded, “I don’t know how soon something could happen. It could be days, or weeks, or whatever.”
The team’s owners visited Mayor Ed Lee last week, after Lee met with the team in Oakland the previous week and delivered The City’s official proposal letter to have the Warriors build a new arena on the waterfront in time for the 2017 NBA season, when the team’s lease at the Oracle Arena runs out. The letter was signed by all 11 San Francisco supervisors.
“We haven’t received a decision yet, but the mayor has made the case for San Francisco,” Lee spokeswoman Christine Falvey said Monday. “The mayor’s hopeful that they will see San Francisco as a very investor-friendly city.”
Oakland officials said Monday that Mayor Jean Quan’s effort to keep the team at a proposed “Coliseum City” complex was still in play.
“We are still in direct dialogue with the Warriors about the opportunity to build a new arena,” Oakland Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell said in a statement. “We have always been aware that they are exploring all their options, including a San Francisco site. We continue to believe that Coliseum City offers the best new home to the Warriors, Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders.”
San Francisco has proposed three possible waterfront locations for a new arena for the Warriors, including Piers 30-32, just south of the Bay Bridge. The City is insisting the facility would have to be privately financed.