From Kawhi Leonard to Zion Williamson, from Anthony Davis to Russell Westbrook, the 2019 NBA offseason brought dramatic changes to the NBA through trades and free agency. To assure that fans are able to keep up with the day-to-day of their favorite teams and players, ESPN.com strategically made its own offseason changes to its NBA coverage to align with the new-look league.
Coast to Coast
Malika Andrews spent her first year with ESPN covering the Midwest region and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Andrews moved to New York to cover the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, who added Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to their roster, and to cover the league from a general national footprint.
Ohm Youngmisuk, who primarily covered the L.A. Lakers in recent years, will focus more on the L.A. Clippers, starring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, though he will still cover the Lakers on occasion.
New to the Roster
Andrew Lopez joined ESPN to cover the excitement of Zion Williamson and the new-look New Orleans Pelicans. Lopez previously covered the Pelicans locally for The Times-Picayune.
Eric Woodyard joined ESPN this summer from the Deseret News to cover the Midwestern beat including the Bulls, Bucks, Pistons and Pacers.