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.
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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.
Andy Larsen: Hey all, I have some exciting news to announce! I’m moving to the Salt Lake Tribune to be a Jazz beat writer there, starting July 25! I’m incredibly honored to be joining that team.
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.
Fred Katz: Some news: I will be leaving The Transcript at the end of the month to cover the Celtics for MassLive.
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.
Chris Sheridan: ANNOUNCEMENT: I now cover the most exciting team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia #Sixers, for @njdotcom. Good to be back on the #NBA beat. Thanks to @kevinmanahan for hiring me. First column:
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.
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.
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.
Ken Berger: Some news I’m excited to share: I’ve joined the great team @BleacherReport and @BR_NBA as an NBA Columnist. Can’t wait to get started.
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.
MSG Networks plans to announce Thursday that Ed Cohen will be the new Knicks play-by-play man on ESPN New York Radio, succeeding Mike Crispino, who was not re-signed after last season.
Derek Bodner: Excited to announce that I will be joining @SheilKapadia in bringing The Athletic to Philadelphia @TheAthleticPHI
Alex Raskin: Confirming @Adrian Wojnarowski report: I’ve accepted the Sports News Editor position at the @DailyMail. I’ll begin working at their NYC offices on 8/30
Alex Raskin: Very excited about joining the @DailyMail, and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunities given to me by @WSJSports & @VICESports. twitter.com/alexraskinNYC/…
Madison Square Garden Network is expected to announce soon that 34-year-old Ed Cohen will be named the Knicks’ radio play-by-play man, replacing Mike Crispino, who recently was let go after a long run with the network.
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.
Marcus Thompson: I have accepted a position as columnist with Bay Area installment of The Athletic, joining the staff of @Tim Kawakami
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Thank you to @The Vertical crew, the Yahoo guys, Johnny Ludden for ride of a lifetime the past decade. That place changed my life. Thank you.
Stefan Bondy: Woj has officially joined ESPN!
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.
Some of Wojnarowski’s staff at The Vertical will join him, though those details are still being worked out.
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.
Chauncey Billups has signed a new multi-year deal with ESPN, continuing his expanded role as an NBA analyst, the network announced Friday.
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.
Mark Jackson has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to continue calling NBA games, including the NBA Finals. Jackson and partners Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will work the finals in June for the eighth time, extending their own record for a TV team.
Rachel Nichols: We got some nice news at #TheJump: the show is expanding. We’ll now be on year-round, on ESPN1. Big ❤️ to everyone involved More fun to come
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.
Michael Pina: I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve accepted a full-time position as a staff writer for @VICESports. I’m covering the NBA and moving to NYC. Many thanks to @BleacherReport, @SportsonEarth, @RealGM, and the million other places I’ve written for. I could not be more appreciative.
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July 19, 2018 | 10:39 am EDT Update
Shams Charnia: Restricted free agent Marcus Smart has agreed to a four-year, $52M deal to return to the Boston Celtics, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Spanish national team head coach Sergio Scariolo will join the Toronto Raptors with the role of an assistant coach. This will be Scariolo’s first full-time coaching job in the NBA. Per David Camps of Spanish radio Onda Cero, Scariolo has already informed the Spanish Federation of his decision. The Italian coach is expected to meet with Spanish Federation president (and a former Toronto Raptors player by the way) Jorge Garbajosa in the following days to discuss the termination of his contract with the FEB ahead of the Second Round of the World Cup Qualifiers that begins on September.
July 19, 2018 | 8:54 am EDT Update
Bobby Marks: A side note to the Kawhi Leonard trade. Reporting and passing a physical (a team cannot give a physical before the trade call) is a requirement (standard procedure) for both teams. The trade is not official until both conditions are met.