Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie picks his favorite insider between Woj and Shams amid free agency craze
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie officially weighed in on the question that has gripped the NBA over the last few days: who is the superior league insider, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski or The Athletic’s Shams Charania?
For Dinwiddie, though, it’s not a tough decision:
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) November 21, 2020
In picking Shams–and rather easily apparently–the Nets guard has sided with the reporter that has risen to challenge the veteran Wojnarowski in breaking league news.
Known for years as the “31st franchise” because of the outsized influence his reporting has had on the machinations of the league as a whole, Adrian Wojnarowski was able to parley his reputation into a lucrative contract with ESPN. Signed in 2017, the deal is reported to have paid Woj over $6 million in four years and lured him from Yahoo! sports.
Starting during the summer of 2016, however, Shams Charania quickly gained notoriety in being the first to report several free agent signings in a hotly contested market. This would ultimately mark the start of what has become a friendly rivalry between the two, which is made more interesting by the fact that Wojnarowski had once encouraged Shams to join him at Yahoo! sports prior to his departure.
While Charania has since moved on from Yahoo! as well, joining The Athletic and Stadium in August of 2018, the two have continued to compete to be the first to report breaking news. While both are heavily active in reporting free agency moves, the two also are known for revealing each team’s draft picks moments before they are officially announced.
As the league enters day two of its free agency period, Deadspin has tracked the number of deals the two have been the first to report on. As of Saturday morning, Wojnarowski has a 17-12 lead on breaking news alerts.
It’s unclear if the ESPN reporter would prefer the lead or Spencer Dinwiddie’s endorsement, however.