Adrian Wojnarowski Rumors
It was also in Milwaukee that Charania met some of his journalism idols. He introduced himself to Wojnarowski and Jenkins, among others. Wojnarowski, who recalls introducing himself to Bob Ryan as a recent college grad at the 1994 NBA Draft, took a liking to the driven 19-year-old. “You could tell right away he was very serious-minded about it and obviously far ahead of his years in how he was carrying himself and what he was investing into it,” says Wojnarowski.
Bill Simmons has owned up to his mistake, and good for him. The man formerly known as “The Sports Guy” took to his podcast this week and apologized to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski for ever questioning his reporting powers. As we posted earlier in the week, back in February Simmons and frequent guest Joe House, took to the airwaves and blasted a report from Wojnarowski’s site The Vertical. The report claimed the Golden State Warriors were preparing to make a run at Kevin Durantin free agency. Simmons tore the piece apart, claiming there was no way the Warriors were looking that far ahead or even considering a future with Durant. How’d that turn out?
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Kevin Durant had been recruiting Horford to OKC, but Horford eliminated OKC with no assurance Durant/Westbrook staying long-term. Thunder could’ve unloaded contracts — including Kanter — to create slot for Horford. Billy Donovan, Durant pitched him. Never went far.
Woj on Duncan and Ginobili: “Tim Duncan’s future is still uncertain. Tim Duncan’s date is coming up here soon (Wednesday), where he’s going to either opt into his deal into the final year – now he can opt into the deal, get his money and still decide to retire, and then the Spurs could pay him almost as a going away. But I don’t know that you’re going to have a answer on Tim Duncan’s future before the start of free agency. He’s as liable to walk into Pop’s office any day and say ‘hey, I’m playing, or I’m not playing.’ He’ll call R.C. Buford in, ‘hey ok,’ let’s call his agent Tim Tanner and that’s it, or this may linger. I think there’s some different scenarios in play for Tim about well, maybe you could play a certain amount of games and I think there’s a strong belief that Manu Ginobili is probably going to play another year. He’s not tying himself to Tim on what Tim does. It’s not like ‘hey, we’re going to go out together.’ I think Manu feels, if he feels like he has more in him, I think he’s going to play.”
Woj on West: “And then David West, going into this year, people around David West said this was going to be his last year and I remember talking to him in the preseason about that in going down to San Antonio and he thought, like, ‘could be.’ And I think now he enjoyed that year so much in San Antonio, he’s a free agent – of course they’d want to keep him. I’ll say this about David West – whenever he decides to retire, he will be the most sought after front office executive in the league. Everybody in the league wants to get David West in their front office. He’s going to be a GM someday, if that’s what he wants to do, but boy, I know like it will be hard to pluck him out, once he’s gotten into San Antonio, I would be shocked if he doesn’t have the opportunity to get in their front office, but I know other organizations would love to get him. The league office, David West – he’s everything you want in a player, a leader, a great thinker, a high character guy, and the Spurs loved having him and they really hope he plays another year.”
There will be a new way for NBA fans to watch Thursday’s draft this year, with Yahoo announcing Monday that The Vertical will stream its first-ever live NBA draft show. Chris Mannix will host the live show from Yahoo’s New York studios, with Indiana coach Tom Crean as a guest analyst and further analysis from former front office executive Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz of Draft Express, while Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania and Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony will provide reporting on picks and trades from the draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There will also be features on NBA fashion from Brian Scalabrine and picks’ shoe deals from Nick DePaula.
“We’re competitive, so we want to have information first, but it’s certainly more important to have it accurate,” Wojnarowski said. “If you’re watching our show, you’re going to be ahead. Our goal is to be breaking trades first and deals, and giving people a sense of what players are going to be picked where and why. There’s always a lot of maneuvering on draft night in terms of certain players trying to stay away from certain teams, get to certain teams, and then the deals that are being made. We have a reporting group that I think is peerless in terms of getting you the latest, getting it accurate and getting it first.”