ESPN announced on Wednesday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski will officially join ESPN on July 1.
First reported months ago by Deadspin, long-time Yahoo! NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski, would join ESPN in the coming months.
This report came as a bit of a surprise as “Woj” was known as the guy to take on the empire and beat ESPN to 90% of the NBA news.
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Wojnarowski has even publically gone after ESPN employees after they took shots first,
@AminESPN You have 75 guys there. You really should break every story. I’d be more worried about that than me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2014
A source close to the situation tells cover32, that Wojnarowski is more dominate in reporting NBA news than Adam Schefter is when it comes to the NFL. ESPN’s Dan Le Batard called the move similar to the Warriors adding Kevin Durant.
ESPN released the statement when viewers will first see ESPN’s newest reporter, “He will begin at ESPN on July 1, making his debut on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt at Midnight and will then also join the NBA Free Agency Special hosted by Rachel Nichols (ESPN2, Midnight – 2 a.m. ET).”
The Bristol-native, plans to remain in New York but will appear on studio shows in Bristol and Los Angeles such as SportsCenter, NBA Countdown, The Jump, E:60, Outside the Lines.
“Woj” will also continue to host his podcast on the DGital Media podcast network — for now.
Rumors have been flying for weeks that ESPN may bring in his Yahoo! site The Vertical, but as of now, just Front Office Insider Bobby Marks is joining him.
Look out for some others of The Vertical, staff to join their former leader later in the year. Former-ESPNer, Bill Simmons, claims ESPN will buy the site from Yahoo!.
Either way, ESPN just landed the best NBA reporter of all time. And some will say the best news breaker ever.
Look out for some “Woj bombs” to appear on ESPN’s ticker.
Here are some people’s opinions on Wojnarowski during the NBA Draft where he has annually dominated:
A shocking development to absolutely no one, Woj thoroughly dominated every aspect of tonight’s draft coverage. No one covers a beat better. https://t.co/1qVgsLeBXl
— nick wright (@getnickwright) June 23, 2017
So @WojVerticalNBA is just two picks ahead. He’s pacing himself. He’ll have the Pacers’ choice at No. 18 in 15 minutes, 20 tops.
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) June 22, 2017
BREAKING: Adrian Wojnarowski already knows both rounds of the entire draft, trades included, but doesn’t like spoilers.
— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) June 22, 2017