Report: Warriors eye downtown S.F. location


Report: Warriors eye downtown S.F. location

This much we know: Golden State's lease at Oracle Arena in Oakland expires at the end of the 2016-17 season. What may transpire between now and then is little more than speculation, but a story published Monday indicates that the team's ownership is considering a home in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Warriors are eyeing the 13 acres of concrete and pilings that make up Piers 30-32, the area that at one point was to be the hub of the America's Cup race before regatta organizers ditched those plans.

The location is adjacent to the Bay Bridge, and hosted ESPN's X Games in 2000.

"This is an ownership group that is pretty bold and visionary, and the prospect of doing something grand is really alluring to them," an source told the Chronicle.

The story said that San Francisco city has agreed to put 8 million into fixing up the site, but the location would need an additional 50 million in construction infrastructure.

If the Warriors were to set up shop in San Francisco, it would be a homecoming of sorts. When the franchise relocated from Philadelphia in 1962 it was known as The San Francisco Warriors, and wore jerseys with "The City" emblazoned on te front.

The team played home games at what is now known as the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the Cow Palace in nearby Daly City before moving to Oakland for the 1971-72 season and changing "San Francisco" to "Golden State."

Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder told the paper that the team is "exploring all our options, and no decision has been made."

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension


John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller