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Tony Jones: With The Athletic, my day-to-day duties won’t be dissimilar to my previous responsibilities with The Salt Lake Tribune. I will cover the Utah Jazz and the NBA like a blanket. I will take you inside a team at an exciting time, a time where the Jazz are expected to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference. A time where the Jazz boast the likes of star guard Donovan Mitchell, and star center Rudy Gobert, who is the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
Jabari Young: For me, it came down to getting past fear of failure and fear of success. I did thanks to family, friends and colleagues. And here is why I’m joining @TheAthletic as the new #Spurs beat writer for the new @TheAthleticNBA team 💯🙏🏿 theathletic.com/540939/
Jason Quick: But to be honest, I nearly walked away from the profession this summer. Much has changed over the years. The media landscape today is a tricky one. I’ve had to deal with the click-bait mentality of one organization, and the pom-pom waving of another. And it seems like some are more interested in being friends with players than telling the real story. But just as I was entertaining thoughts of opening a bar, or applying at the postal service, The Athletic presented this opportunity. Frankly, it’s a writer’s dream: find the best stories and execute.
Jason Jones: Getting to the root of how the Kings plan to change that and if they have the players to make that happen is what matters. That’s what I’ll devote my time to unearthing with The Athletic. That’s not to say the games do not matter. They obviously do. But what I will not give you are recaps of what you’ve seen or click-bait stories that only reveal minimal details.
Brett Dawson: Westbrook, as it turned out, was open and introspective that day in Phoenix. He talked about the narrative that teammates don’t enjoy playing with him, disputing it and wondering rhetorically why it’s a subject broached so often with him and so rarely with other stars. His initial warning was classic Westbrook. But the interview — and the story that sprang from it — was emblematic of the kind of work I most enjoy, the kind I’m hoping to do more of now that I’m covering the Thunder for The Athletic.
Barry Jackson: One other Heat broadcast thing: Am told Rex Chapman and Keyon Dooling were other Heat TV studio analyst finalists. So Ruth Riley a surprising outside-the-box choice. Rothstein returning too,fyi.
Ira Winderman: The Heat have hired Ruth Riley Hunter, the former Miami Sol WNBA player, as their radio analyst and television studio analyst. She replaces John Crotty, who takes over as television analyst for Tony Fiorentino.
How did you make the decision to leave Turner and join The Athletic? David Aldridge: We’ve been talking for a few weeks more formally. At the same time, I was very seriously contemplating going back to Turner. I love that place. . . . They made an incredibly fair offer. It was a very tough decision, but it was an opportunity to be in on the ground floor of something here, to have some real say in coverage and personnel, to be home more. And the fact that the D.C. sports community has really matured over the last 10 years, I think all those things came together at the same time and made it worth taking the leap of faith that this thing can work and be successful.
Last week, Andrew Marchand of the Post reported that several TV outlets were interested in hiring Richard Jefferson as a game analysts, listing YES, ESPN and the Clippers as the top three. Now, league sources tell NetsDaily that unless RJ gets an offer to play another year, he will be joining the YES Network, doing both game analysis and studio work on broadcasts of Nets games, The move to the broadcast booth comes a decade after he was traded to the Bucks for Yi Jianlian. Jefferson, 38, has since played with the Spurs, Warriors, Jazz, Mavericks, Cavaliers and Nuggets, winning an NBA championship with Cleveland two years ago. He joined the Cavs broadcast teams in the playoffs last season, his first broadcasting gig.
Jabari Young: Damn... lol... 😂 ... the brother beat me to my own news ... I respect it ✊🏿💯

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Mike Richman: I'm joining the @NBCSNorthwest to cover the Trail Blazers this season. Excited to get started, and get back to writing about basketball. In the immortal words of Mike Tyson, Let's Grill 'Em!
David Aldridge: After 30 years on planes…I’m coming home. I’ll be joining The Athletic D.C. as Editor in Chief.
David Aldridge: So why make the move now? First, and foremost, I’ve been missing too much of my family’s collective life. My wife and I have two sons, who are growing up way too fast. And I don’t want to keep missing plays and concerts and baseball games. I’ll still miss some of them, but not as many. I’ll hopefully be able to take my wife out more than once or twice a month. There will be a lot of long days and nights, and a lot of games to attend in town, but when the games are over, I’ll go home, not to a hotel. Second, I’m a man in love with words. Even though I’ve primarily been a television reporter for the last two decades, I still often refer to myself as a writer who appears on TV. My voice comes from my writing. Believe me: I understand the power of television. It produces emotional, visceral reactions.
Shams Charania: My first real passions in life were basketball and writing, and I hoped to combine that with my love for the NBA and the ins and outs of the league. I loved the NBA and playing basketball, so I had to find my route to stay around the game. Writing about it was that route. I grew up roaming the websites of RealGM and HoopsHype for the latest rumors. Whether it was driving to Milwaukee or nearby Indianapolis in high school, I always wanted to challenge myself and find interesting topics to write about. It was more than just the news items that interested me. It was the behind-the-scenes stories, the rise and fall of players, the teams and people in the league that fascinated me and pushed me to pursue the career. The subjects around the NBA are intriguing and I am proud of the relationships I have formed over the years in this field because it showed me the respect and openness of many of them.
Dan Woike: Some personal news. I’m moving off the #Chargers beat to become the national NBA writer at the @latimes. It’s an incredible opportunity and I’m excited to work with @taniaganguli, @BA_Turner and @AndrewGreif.
Glen Crevier: Happy to announce @ChristopherHine as the Star Tribune’s new Timberwolves beat writer. Chris has covered the Sports analytics beat since joining @StribSports in January.
There is an opening in the Fox Sports broadcast booth right now next to Ralph Lawler, and a lot of people on Twitter and Reddit have mentioned your name. Are you throwing your name in the hat? Does the position interest you? Corey Maggette: *Laughs* Honestly, that’s up to Fox and up to the Clippers. I’m humbled by them and fans even trying to consider me for that position. I think for me, in my step in my life and career, it would be a great position. I just got to make sure it kind of fits with the family dynamic. For me, I think it’s more about my kids. Being able to see them more. When those opportunities come up, sometimes you miss out on those other opportunities with your family. Who knows? Who knows what will happen. It could be a great job and to work with a legend like Ralph Lawler would be amazing. We’ll see happens this upcoming year.
Andrew Marchand: Heard ESPN's Ryan Hollins is a candidate for the LA Clippers' TV analyst job. The Clippers let go former ESPNer Bruce Bowen reportedly because he made comments that could potentially hurt their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard next year.
That’s what I’m hoping to bring to The Athletic in my new role as Pelicans beat reporter, and I intend on providing quality content that Pelicans fans can enjoy and learn from. I’m thrilled to be joining Larry Holder, my former co-worker at NOLA.com, at The Athletic and we’ll be working everyday to make this the No. 1 destination for any sports fan in New Orleans to read about their favorite teams.
Scott Agness: I’m​ excited to​ join​ the talented​ group of writers​ at The​ Athletic​ where they put it​ best: “Fall in​​ love with the sports page again.” Over the last year, I found myself visiting here more and more often. When your attention and money is valued over company metrics, everyone wins. As anyone who follows me knows, I’m all about a good deal. And here at The Athletic, I believe you easily get more than you pay for. During a time when national publications are cutting back and sports departments are trimming down, The Athletic is pushing ahead and giving readers value for their subscription.
Potential suitors lined up like NBA teams courting a franchise player. Charania spoke with ESPN, Turner Sports, Facebook, and NBC Sports, in addition to Yahoo, but the competition wasn’t particularly close. Early on, his heart was set on a joint agreement with The Athletic, a subscription-based sportswriting platform, and Stadium, which hails itself as the cord-cutter’s sports network. Two forward-thinking media companies that really wanted him, an opportunity to develop his writing and on-camera abilities—it struck him as a perfect fit, so he didn’t seriously consider other offers.
You’re only 24—how did someone so young become an NBA news breaking machine? Shams Charania: I realized that I needed to fulfill my passion for the NBA in ways other than playing, and I always loved writing and the behind-the-scenes aspect of the league, so I combined both. I began writing for my high school newspaper as a junior and started a Bulls blog on ChicagoNow, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune, where I would write several stories/recaps/analysis articles per day. I began reporting on 10-day deals, too. After some reps under my belt as my senior year began, I reached out to RealGM.com and was fortunate to forge a relationship with them. I started covering games during my senior year, driving up to Milwaukee for Bucks games, which was an important experience. My first Las Vegas Summer League, in 2013, was also a critical moment, allowing me to put faces to names and meet new people. It’s always been about continuing to push and looking long-term with every relationship—and trying to take something from those whom I admire to paint my own picture. There also are a lot of high-character and open-minded people in the industry who gave me a chance.
Shams Charania: I am excited to announce I am joining The Athletic and Stadium as the lead Senior NBA Insider/Writer and Analyst later this month. I am so grateful and honored to have spent the past three years at Yahoo. I’m appreciative to have been part of The Vertical and the tremendous staff, top to bottom. Thank you to all of the Yahoo Sports executives, editors Johnny Ludden and Joe Garza and the rest of the group. Now, I am so pumped and thrilled for this next journey and challenge. I’m excited to join the talented people at both The Athletic and Stadium, two places with tremendous enthusiasm, opportunity for growth and determination to cover the league. Both are hungry and ready. So am I.
Moke Hamilton: I am happy to announce that, on August 15, I’ll be joining @TheAthletic. I’ll be working closely alongside @MikeVorkunov and @MikeAScotto on the Knicks and Nets for @TheAthleticNYC, and will also be providing NBA cap and sports business content. #FB
The Action Network announced today that it has signed Rob Perez, aka @World_Wide_Wob, to a multi-year deal as a Senior NBA Producer. In addition to the massively popular videos Perez regularly creates, he will also be writing, podcasting, contributing content to The Action Network social platforms and developing new programming. “I’m excited to be joining The Action Network team and am thoroughly impressed with what they’ve put together in such a short amount of time,” Perez said. “They get it. I don’t even know how to define what ‘it’ is, but you know when someone has it. Parlay this with their belief in my crazy vision, and I have no doubt we’ll be doing something game-changing soon.”
Jason Jones: A little news ... starting in September I’ll be changing employers and covering the Kings and NBA for @TheAthletic ... looking forward to the next episode, engaging more with readers and fans and telling some great stories.
Molly Sullivan: As I navigate through what’s next, I’m proud to share that I’m joining the @Eagles as a reporter/host for Training Camp. Your support the last 6 weeks has been a powerful, unforgettable feeling. I’ve always been loyal (to a fault) & won’t let you down. Much more to come. Go Birds
Chris Sheridan: ANNOUNCEMENT: I have officially joined http://getmoresports.com  as the Senior Sports Gambling Writer. ... Wagering is legal now in the United States with PASPA overturned by SCOTUS. ... If you are going to gamble, do it wisely. GA has enough people in their rooms already.
Charania, just 24, will be deciding on a new home soon. Just a year out of college, Charania has made a name for himself by challenging Wojnarowski, now at ESPN, on the NBA transaction beat. Charania will be bringing his more than 360,000 Twitter followers to a new destination soon. He has had talks with ESPN, though the network has a large stable of NBA insiders, including Ramona Shelburne, Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin, among others, so a fit seems unlikely. NBC Sports Regional Networks and The Athletic are two known places with interest. Yahoo, according to one source, is looking to replace Charania, so, memo to NBA insiders: Send your résumés.
Yahoo Sports had the top two NBA news-breakers in the business, but soon it will have neither. Shams Charania will not return to the sports site, following his mentor and friendly rival, Adrian Wojnarowski, out the door. Charania is now an unrestricted free agent. Like in most negotiations that end in disagreement, the two sides couldn’t agree on the financials.
“We made the decision to walk away from negotiations,” Yahoo Sports GM Geoff Reiss said as part of a statement to The Post, which praised Charania’s impact over his three years at the website. Shams Charania’s agent, Maury Gostfrand, declined to comment.
Shams Charania has had talks with ESPN, though the network has a large stable of NBA insiders, including Ramona Shelburne, Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin, among others, so a fit seems unlikely. NBC Sports Regional Networks and The Athletic are two known places with interest. Yahoo, according to one source, is looking to replace Charania, so, memo to NBA insiders: Send your résumés.
Kyle Goon: At the end of the month, I will begin a new adventure out west: Next season, I will be covering the Los Angeles Lakers for the Southern California News Group, including the Orange County Register and LA Daily News, taking over for my friend @billoram.
The biggest NBA free agent remaining is not a player. It is NBA insider phenom Shams Charania. Charania’s contract is up next month with Yahoo Sports, sources have told The Post.
So if Yahoo doesn’t retain Charania, where could he wind up? ESPN could basically end the NBA scoop game by reuniting Wojnarowski and Charania in Bristol. [...] Turner/NBA TV/Bleacher Report could try to make a bigger impact in terms of competing with ESPN. Charania worked on Turner’s team-centric Final Four telecast that included his alma mater, Loyola. The Athletic, the two-plus-year-old subscription site that has raised $20 million, could try to build an NBA vertical around Charania the way it has with Ken Rosenthal on baseball.
Another option, according to sources, is NBC Sports Regional Networks. NBC owns the rights to about a third of NBA local broadcasts, including the Celtics and Bulls. It is looking for a national insider to appear on its pre- and postgame local shows across the country. Besides Charania, NBC has shown interest in Yahoo’s Chris Mannix for the job. Mannix already does work for NBC.
Bill Oram: Some career news: After five years with the Orange County Register, I am joining @TheAthleticLA to keep covering the @Lakers. Please join us. Subscribe here for 30 percent off and a free t-shirt. http://theathletic.com/LAexpansion
Jeff Goodman is leaving ESPN and joining the upstart Stadium, The Big Lead has learned from a person with direct knowledge of the news. Unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter, the person requested anonymity. Goodman and an ESPN spokesperson declined to comment. Goodman has signed a multi-year deal with Stadium, which started as a streaming platform and is making a big financial commitment toward an editorial push. Former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy will also be joining Stadium, as Richard Deitsch reported in late April.
Former ESPN President John Skipper will serve as executive chairman of Perform Group, the United Kingdom-based sports media company announced this morning. Skipper will “oversee all of Perform Group’s operations and strategy” from New York, according to the press release.
Malika Andrews: After a fantastic year at the NYT, I’m joining the @chicagotribune to cover the Bulls and NBA alongside @KCJHoop May 14th. To my incredibly talented @nytimes colleagues: Thank you. I cherish everything I have learned and am proud of the stories I was entrusted with telling.
Bleacher Report: Welcome to the squad ⚽️ @SteveNash is joining @brfootball to cover soccer.
FloSports the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced the hiring of David Thorpe as NBA editor-at-large on FloHoops.com. The hiring of Thorpe, renowned analyst who is widely credited as the first person in America to be a full-time player development specialist, adds to FloHoops’ comprehensive live and on-demand basketball coverage across high school and college.
Marking FloSports’ entry into the NBA, Thorpe will lead the development of in-depth written content, which challenges the way fans see the sport. He will provide premium NBA content for the remainder of the 2018 season and postseason. Thorpe joins FloHoops with 30 years of experience in basketball as an esteemed and widely recognized NBA analyst and published author. Starting his career as an inner-city high school coach in the late 1980s, Thorpe progressed to training more than 75 NBA players, including All-Stars, lottery picks, and record setters, as well as more than 100 professional players in Europe.
Lindsay Whalen will be a part of eight Timberwolves broadcasts on Fox Sports North this season. The Lynx All-Star Guard will join as an analyst for games on Dec. 12, Jan. 1, Jan. 14, Feb. 7, Feb. 23, March 2 and April 5.
Jon Krawczynski: I have joined The Athletic after 16 tremendous years at The Associated Press. This introductory piece is not going to be about me, but about you. Namely, what kind of coverage you can expect now that I have joined the incomparable Michael Russo on the staff here in Minnesota. I am the Senior Writer focusing primarily on the Timberwolves/NBA and Vikings. Those familiar with my work understand how passionate I am about covering the NBA in general and the Timberwolves in particular, and that will only increase as I move to my new home here at The Athletic. One of the things I am most looking forward to is teaming with Britt Robson to provide top-shelf coverage of a team that seems poised for a breakthrough season.

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The Warriors announced with NBC Sports Bay Area that Kerith Burke has been hired as the sideline reporter for the team’s regional telecasts. Burke replaces Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who joined Turner Sports for TNT’s national telecasts.

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After failed turnaround efforts and a lengthy sales process, Yahoo announced it had sold to Verizon in July 2016 (the deal didn’t close until this past summer). With three years left on his deal, it’s believed that Wojnarowski had a clause in his contract that afforded him the opportunity to exit his deal if Yahoo’s ownership situation were to change. With the continued uncertainty about Yahoo’s direction going forward and the less than perfect launch of The Vertical, Wojnarowski opted to explore an exit from Yahoo and targeted ESPN as the only landing spot worth engaging with.
Turner had held a preliminary meeting with Woj back in 2014, but their online property Bleacher Report was not perceived as a good fit. Thus, Woj’s camp believed ESPN was the sole destination worth engaging with during the contractual opening he had to explore a possible exit from Yahoo.
Uniformly, everyone I spoke to with knowledge of the courtship between ESPN and Woj denied any requests regarding NBA staffing, nor was Woj informed about ESPN’s NBA staffing plans. A source close the situation firmly stated “It’s simply not true” in regards to the conjecture that Woj was directly involved in any layoffs on the NBA side. ESPN PR declined to comment which is somewhat consistent on the matter as they’ve generally refrained from commenting on anything specific pertaining to the layoff round.
Five months after being laid off as part of ESPN’s infamous April purge, Marc Stein is close to joining the New York Times, a source close to Stein told Awful Announcing.
Luke Winn: Some news I’m excited about: After 15 years at @SINow, I’ve left to join the Toronto Raptors’ front office as Director of Prospect Strategy.
Anthony Slater: Employment news: Excited to join @TheAthleticSF venture to cover all things Warriors. You can subscribe here https://theathletic.com/plans/?c=27&pc=baylaunch2&plan=nt …
Chad Finn: Another quality asset for @GregABedard's Boston Sports Journal: @BrianTRobb is signing on to cover the @celtics.
Tim Kawakami: Bob Myers sees this. I had a conversation with Bob about this kind of randomly and he sees this. Don’t want to throw his name out there, but it’s safe to say that he would be fine with that. Sees what the future is. Sees what this is. And some newspaper reporters I’ve talked to, just a few, don’t see it. Think they’re going to be protected forever; this is the way they’ve made a living and they always will. I don’t come to the same conclusion. People on internet sites who’ve made the jump absolutely see this. It’s not like this is a guarantee. It’s not a guarantee. But newspapers are far from a guarantee right now.

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Emiliano Carchia: OFFICIAL: Adrian Wojnarowski joins ESPN as NBA insider Bobby Marks also joining ESPN as NBA Front Office Insider Both from July 1 pic.twitter.com/aed9QNXehn
SI has learned that the NBA’s leading news-breaker—Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports—will join ESPN on July 1, which coincides the date NBA free agents can begin reaching verbal agreements with teams.
Chauncey Billups has signed a new multiyear deal with ESPN, continuing his expanded role as an NBA analyst, the network announced Friday. Billups, a Denver native and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP, has worked as analyst at ESPN since the 2014-15 season, when he was used primarily to provide analysis on “SportsCenter” and other programs throughout the network. He joined “NBA Countdown” for Wednesday night broadcasts during the 2015-16, and this season he became a full-time “NBA Countdown” analyst, working on the network’s lead team alongside host Michelle Beadle and fellow analyst Jalen Rose.
The Phoenix Suns have hired local veteran broadcaster Kevin Ray to serve as the television play-by-play announcer for Suns broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona starting with the 2017-18 season. Ray has been part of Suns telecasts for the past 15 years, serving as the team’s sideline reporter the last five seasons, and prior to that as host of the Suns pre- and postgame shows.
Wojnarowski will arrive at ESPN sometime in the next few months. ESPNers have been told that Wojnarowski will be a reporter, not an editor, and that ESPN has learned from the mistakes it made in granting power to Bill Simmons and Jason Whitlock. ESPN sources were, though, divided on whether or not they believed that Wojnarowski would be simply a reporter.
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.
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