The Sixers general manager, Elton Brand, rejected the idea that Ben Simmons chose the brain of Lakers basketball operations president, Magic Johnson.
Brand says Johnson was on a list of Hall of Famers that the second-year star wants to talk to this summer.
"Rob Pelinka called me and told me that Ben (Simmons) wanted to talk to the Hall of Fame after the season, that Magic was on the list, he asked for authorization … I said no, this was more than a month ago" . – Elton Brand breaking down the Ben / Magic meeting 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
– 975TheFanatic (@ 975TheFanatic) February 11, 2019
The NBA has initiated an investigation into possible manipulations.
When the NBA embarks on another Laker manipulation investigation, this time, Ben Simmons, Sixers general manager Elton Brand, tells ESPN: "No problem … We're not sweating because of this, at the end of history. " https://t.co/QaOazl8aPB
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 11, 2019
"No problem," Brand told ESPN on Monday. "I have a great relationship with Ben and [his agent] rich [Paul] and we hope it's a Sixer for a long time. He has been interested in chatting with some of the greats of all times of the game and we support him.
"I had a brief dialogue with [Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka, whom I've known for a long time, but nothing is planned. Our collective approach is to make a playoff push. Once again, we are not sweating because of this, at the end of the story. "
NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN on Monday that "the league office is investigating whether there was any contact between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated the NBA rules."
The Lakers issued a statement on the matter Monday: "To clarify, last November, the 76ers sent an email to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons could speak with Magic Johnson about his career as a Hall of Famer," read. "After receiving the email request from the 76ers, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka contacted the 76ers general manager, Elton Brand, and informed him that Magic could only do so if the 76ers gave him a prior written approval. That was the end of the matter. "
Ben Simmons wants to train with Magic Johnson this summer