Adrian Wojnarowski Rumors

Whatever his eventual role, it might just be semantics. Those within ESPN—and multiple reporters outside of ESPN—expect that Wojnarowski will bring most The Vertical staffers along with him. ESPN may even be buying The Vertical outright. (Yahoo and ESPN declined to comment.) Wojnarowski might be just a reporter, but his presence looms large behind the decisions ESPN is making, and some ESPNers believe Yahoo editor Johnny Ludden will take Abbott’s role in running ESPN.com’s NBA coverage.
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has finalized a deal with ESPN and will begin working for the company by the start of NBA free agency on July 1, a person with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. Recode was the first to report a deal had been finalized. Wojnarowski will be joined at ESPN by other staffers of The Vertical, the NBA-dedicated website and podcast launched by Yahoo Sports last year.
ESPN laid off a half-dozen staffers who covered the NBA as part of about 100 job cuts last week, but the company is adding the highest-profile reporter on the NBA beat. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has finalized a deal with ESPN and will begin working for the company by the start of NBA free agency on July 1, a person with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. Recode was the first to report a deal had been finalized.

Woj to begin working for ESPN at the NBA draft?

Last week, ESPN cut some of its reporters and on-air personnel. But the sports programmer is also hiring: It has finalized a deal to hire Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo’s star NBA reporter. 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.
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