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Chris Haynes reportedly nearing deal to become TNT sideline reporter

Chris Haynes has become one of the most respected NBA reporters in the media in recent years, and he is reportedly nearing a deal to begin a new venture.

Haynes is closing in on an agreement with TNT to become the network’s sideline reporter for its Tuesday Night NBA schedule, Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports. The broadcasts will begin in January, and TNT is revamping its on-air talent lineup. The broadcast featured all former NBA players last year with Grant Hill, Derek Fisher, Kevin McHale, and Richard Hamilton, but Haynes is expected to join a team that features Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe as studio host and Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and Candace parker as studio analysts.

Haynes has become Yahoo’s top NBA reporter since Adrian Wojnarowski moved on to ESPN and Shams Charania took a position with The Athletic. McCarthy notes that Yahoo has agreed to let Haynes take the TNT job. He also currently has a deal in place with FOX, where he frequently appears on programs like “Speak for Yourself” and “The Doug Gottlieb Show.”

Because of his quality sources and strong relationships with players, Haynes has become a major player on the reporting scene. He was one of the few reporters who did not appear to be duped by false information during the Kawhi Leonard saga last summer. He should be a great addition to TNT.

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