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The last big obstacle to the Dakota Wizards becoming the Santa Cruz Warriors was cleared late Thursday night, when Santa Cruz city planning commissioners gave unanimous approval to building a new home for the team.

Kirk Lacob, Golden State’s director of basketball operations, said the team hoping the green light from the NBA for the franchise relocation to come Tuesday or Wednesday.

“We were told that once all the paperwork is final, the league is expected to approve it,” Lacob said.

The process has dragged on longer than originally thought because costs of the Warriors’ new facility has steadily risen.

Originally presented as costing $3 million, the price tag is up to $5.4 million.

“With any kind of projects, the costs are going to go up, but we were never really concerned,” Lacob said. “The deal really still looks the same.

The biggest change was extending the length of the agreement to seven years.

“All we’ve done is extended th deal over a long period of time,” he said. “The exposure is still the same.”

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