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ESPN laid off reporter who broke Celtics-76ers trade

Alex Reimer
June 19, 2017 - 4:39 pm

In April, ESPN laid off NBA reporter Marc Stein. Since then, he's done nothing but break news. 

Several of the more than 100 employees who ESPN cut loose were allowed to stay on through their last scheduled high-profile assignments. Some NFL reporters, for example, opted to cover the draft at the end of April. It appears as if Stein is working under a similar arrangement, with the NBA Draft scheduled for Thursday. 

The top of the draft board was sent into chaos late last week, when the Celtics traded the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers. In exchange, Boston landed the No. 3 selection and an additional first-round pick in either 2018 or 2019. Stein and colleague Zach Lowe broke the story with a joint byline. (Stein first tweeted the news at 5:00 p.m. Friday. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the usual purveyor of breaking NBA news, followed up at 5:09 p.m.)

With Wojnarowski reportedly on the verge of joining ESPN, the WorldWide Leader likely won't be lacking for NBA news in Stein's absence. Still, unlike some of the other journalists who lost their jobs, Stein is still one of the most plugged-in reporters around. John Clayton, for example, had been surpassed by a litany of NFL Insiders in terms of news output. That's not the case with Stein. 

ESPN had an opportunity to house its own NBA Super Team of Wojnarowski, Lowe and Stein. But curiously, they decided to bypass that opportunity. 


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