The premier NBA reporter is joining the Worldwide Leader.
The best news breaker in sports is joining ESPN.
Recode is reporting that ESPN has finalized a deal with NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who currently runs The Vertical for Yahoo! Sports.
Wojnarowski, known simply as “Woj” in NBA circles, will reportedly start sometime this summer.
Sources familiar with ESPN’s plan say Wojnarowski will begin working for ESPN in time to cover the June 22 NBA draft. I’m told the network also intends to bring aboard some of the staff of The Vertical, the NBA site Wojnarowski launched for Yahoo 2016.
An ESPN rep declined to comment; I’ve asked Wojnarowski for comment but haven’t heard back.
The news of Wojnarowski’s hire comes days after many of ESPN’s top NBA reporters were laid off. Veteran reporter Marc Stein, Warriors reporter Ethan Strauss and NBA Draft insider Chad Ford, among others, all got the axe.
The possibility of Woj’s move to ESPN was first reported by Deadspin in February.
Wojnarowski, who’s been with Yahoo! Sports for a long time, started The Vertical last year on a four-year deal reportedly worth millions.
It’s unclear how big his deal will be with ESPN.