As a big level guard, Ben Simmons is a little bit of 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 really seeking to meet with Johnson for some pleasant recommendation on his sport, however Brand refused.
“[Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka known as me and mentioned ‘Hey, we’re listening to Ben needs to speak to Hall of Famers, championship-level gamers, and Magic is on the checklist. We want authorization for him to satisfy up.’ And I mentioned ‘No.’ This is over a month in the past, so I mentioned no,” Brand mentioned in line with ESPN.
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Johnson who after all nonetheless works with the Lakers confirmed that Simmons wished to talk with him however that he’d solely do it if the Sixers accepted.
“[Simmons] reached out to me, to not me immediately, to the Lakers to search out out if we will get collectively this summer time,” Johnson defined. “I mentioned, ‘Hey, you bought to clear it with the league,’ and if everyone — the Sixers log out, we log out, the league log out — nice, I’ll do this. But if everyone would not log out, 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 of ESPN.