“We’ve reasoned that Magic Johnson’s statements seeing Ben Simmons usually do not constitute an tampering breach,” the NBA said Tuesday in a statement. “The Philadelphia 76ers pioneered the contact using the La Lakers by asking a meeting involving Johnson and Simmons. Both businesses fundamentally concluded that such a meeting failed to make sense at that time however in that context, Johnson’s answer to a media inquiry regarding Simmons will not run afoul of league rules”
Sixers general manager Elton Brand called Johnson about Monday afternoon to plead for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had called — unprompted — to request consent for Johnson to speak with Simmons, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
In the meeting with 97.5 The Fanatic on Monday afternoon, Brand said,”[Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka phoned me and said that Ben [Simmons] wished to speak with Hall of Famers after this season, Magic was on the list. He asked for empowerment. … I said “
He failed to mention from the interview that Pelinka had been contacted by somebody from the Sixers original, which is exactly what prompted his call Brand.
The Lakers issued a statement later Monday that read”To describe, last November the 76ers delivered a message to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons wouldbe able to talk with Magic Johnson about his Hall of Fame playing career. After receiving the email request from the 76ers, Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers General Manager Elton Brand and informed him that Magic could achieve this in case he was given pre-written approval by the 76ers. That was the end of the matter.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN on Monday:”The league office is looking at whether any contact happened between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA rules”