ESPN finally figured out how to stop getting beat by Adrian Wojnarowski: paying him. The former arch enemy of ESPN basketball reporters everywhere will become part of the Borg sometime next month.
Recode reported Monday on the move, which will have Wojnarowski leaving the basketball site he started at Yahoo—The Vertical—for ESPN sometime before next month’s NBA Draft.
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.
An ESPN rep declined to comment; I’ve asked Wojnarowski for comment but haven’t heard back.