It’s no secret that Rachel Nichols will be sitting on the bench for ESPN for the foreseeable future. This development comes after the renowned sports anchor was involved in an all-out scandal that involved some unsavory things Nichols said about ex-ESPN co-worker Maria Taylor. Unsurprisingly, Nichols is now rumored to be eyeing her next major move amid all the drama with her current employer.
According to NBA insider Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, Nichols could be heading back to TNT in the near future:
“Nichols is well-liked by NBA top executives, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver made clear, and did terrific reporting work while at CNN and Turner Sports from 2013 to 2016. She was considered a valuable on-air asset by Turner’s top bosses when she worked there, and I could see a return to Turner (or NBA TV) down the road.”
Nichols reportedly still has one year left on her current contract with ESPN, and at this point, it’s highly unlikely that she gets a new deal with the network. The 47-year-old will not be short of suitors once she becomes a free agent, though, with TNT looking likely to make a move on the controversial host.
In the meantime, however, it looks like Nichols will be stuck in ESPN’s doghouse. After her daily NBA show, The Jump was cancelled, there has been no news about a new on-air role for Nichols. As it is, Rachel Nichols might not be seeing much (or any) airtime in the coming months.