This is a much different kind of "Woj Bomb."
After laying off roughly 100 employees last week, ESPN is set to add the top NBA reporter in the industry. ESPN has finalized a deal with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, according to a Recode report.
Recode's Peter Kafka says Wojnarowski will start at ESPN "in time to cover the June 22 NBA Draft." ESPN also plans to add other members of The Vertical team, though it's unclear which reporters would make the jump.
Rumors have been flying for months surrounding Wojnarowski and the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" and picked up steam after ESPN laid off many of its top basketball reporters, including Marc Stein and Chad Ford. Deadspin reported back in February that ESPN was close to adding the basketball scoop machine, saying his departure from Yahoo (which started The Vertical in 2016) was "complicated" and would "likely take months to fully sort out."
Months have passed, and it appears Wojnarowski and ESPN have figured out whatever complications got in the way of their new relationship.
UPDATE: The timing on this Woj tweet... More than a coincidence?
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 1, 2017
Kafka later corrected his report, saying Wojnarowski and members of The Vertical team will join ESPN after the NBA Draft.