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The Warriors are counting on the 16-mile drive between the team’s Oakland arena and the waterfront site in San Francisco to make all the difference.

Team executives believe more corporate sponsorship and national attention will follow in San Francisco and give the franchise the ability to land marquee free agents. Most teams that play at Golden State already stay and practice in San Francisco.

Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts called the move the “most important journey in the history of the Warriors.”

“You have to be a dreamer,” added Warriors executive board member Jerry West, the former Lakers star and symbol of the NBA’s logo. “And we have two owners here who have vision. And they’re putting their money where their mouth is.”

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