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ESPN announces hiring of Adrian Wojnarowski

The NBA’s most powerful reporter is officially headed to ESPN. 

Adrian Wojnarowski is officially headed to ESPN. 

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported Monday that the now-former Yahoo NBA reporter would start at ESPN on July 1 and the network confirmed as much Wednesday in a press release.

Wojnarowski will make his ESPN debut the moment NBA free agency opens on Scott Van Pelt’s midnight SportsCenter. He will also appear on ESPN’s NBA Free Agency Special, which will be hosted by Rachel Nichols and run until 2 a.m. ET. 

Wojnarowski bid farewell to his longtime employer later Wednesday on Twitter. 

Deadspin first reported in February that Wojnarowski was nearing a move to ESPN and Recode reported in May that a deal had been finalized. ESPN laid off several of its top NBA writers and reporters when it slashed about 100 jobs in April, including top newsbreaker Marc Stein.

Wojnarowski is expected to be joined at ESPN by some of his colleagues from Yahoo’s The Vertical. The only other addition from Yahoo announced by ESPN Wednesday was former Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, who focuses on the inner workings of NBA front offices.