It has been a poorly kept secret that ESPN will hire Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports for some time now, but it had not been known exactly when he would start or what platforms he might appear on to begin his tenure. It seems that at least one of those questions has been definitely answered as Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch has confirmed his nnew job will coincide with the beginning of NBA Free Agency on July 1.
ESPN made some huge cuts on the reporting front, especially in the NFL and NBA department and some of it was to bring in Wojnarowski and some of his team. While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s almost a sure bet that Shams Charania would join him as he’s been Wojnarowski’s best reporter for some time. The start date is no coincidence as ESPN will now likely have all the breaking news during free agency thanks to “The Woj” and his team of reporting savants.
Deitsch speculated that Wojnarowski’s first shows he would appear on are Scott Van Pelt’s “SportsCenter” and “The Jump” that’s hosted by Rachel Nichols.