As a big level guard, Ben Simmons is a bit an anomaly. No participant understands that greater than Magic Johnson, who received 5 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to 76ers GM Elton Brand, Simmons was truly trying to meet with Johnson for some pleasant recommendation on his sport, however Brand refused.
"Lakers common supervisor] Rob Pelinka known as me and stated 'Hey, we're listening to Ben needs to speak to Hall Famers, championship-level gamers, and Magic is on the record. We want authorization for him to satisfy up.' And I stated 'No.' This is over a month in the past, so I stated no," Brand stated based on ESPN.
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Johnson who course nonetheless works with the Lakers confirmed that Simmons wished to talk with him however that he'd solely do it if the Sixers authorised.
"Simmons] reached out to me, to not me straight, to the Lakers to seek out out if we will get collectively this summer time," Johnson defined. "I stated, 'Hey, you bought to clear it with the league,' and if everyone -- the Sixers signal f, we signal f, the league signal f -- nice, I'll try this. But if everyone does not signal f, then we won't get collectively."
While the difficulty has been dropped for each groups, the NBA continues to be investigating to see if the contact between Simmons and the Lakers broke any league guidelines, per Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN.