Accusations are flying over ESPN’s top NBA reporter.
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski has faced criticism for spreading false information regarding a potential offseason move involving an esteemed NBA player.
Specifically, Damian Lillard has expressed his desire to be traded from the Portland Trail Blazers and exclusively wishes to join the Miami Heat.
However, Wojnarowski has suggested that the Blazers are willing to prolong this process in order to secure maximum value for the talented point guard.
Former ESPN personality Dan Le Batard has accused Wojnarowski of being influenced by the Blazers and referred to his coverage of the trade developments as “embarrassing.”
On his show, Le Batard stated that there hasn’t been any dialogue between the Heat and Blazers because the Heat are confident that no other team can offer a better deal than theirs since Lillard has expressed his desire to play only for Miami.
“Thank you for bringing up Woj…the Heat know that he’s just agenda-based, shilling, bought and paid for by Portland, it’s embarrassing that Woj is telling people it might be weeks or months on Lillard,” he said.
“This is the Heat’s position, there are no calls going back and forth. The offer is Herro and Herro is the best one you’re going to get from anybody, he’s better than Maxey, he’s the best you’re going to get, you’re boxed in, Lillard wants to be with us, this is the offer.”
"What he is engaging in is protecting one of his closest sources by giving them cover by saying there's no way he's going to Miami and coming up with ridiculous premises…" – @DarthAmin explains the potential motives behind Woj's reporting on Damian Lillard.
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) July 6, 2023
Le Batard characterized Wojnarowski as having a biased agenda and being subservient to Portland’s interests.
Le Batard is not the sole individual to accuse Wojnarowski of dishonesty regarding the Lillard trade saga.
Another former ESPN analyst, Amin Elhassan, echoed similar sentiments on the same show, accusing Wojnarowski of trying to protect the Blazers by concocting unfounded theories, such as suggesting that the San Antonio Spurs could be a dark horse in the trade.
Reports have emerged that the Miami Heat have proposed a trade package including Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Nikola Jovic, and multiple first-round draft picks in exchange for the superstar from the Blazers.
The NBA offseason is wild.