NBA to open investigation into Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons

Elton Brand doesn’t want Ben Simmons meeting with Magic Johnson this summer.

The 76ers star reportedly said he was interested in exchanging “big guard” secrets with the Lakers’ legend, Johnson revealed Sunday before Philadelphia’s blowout win against Los Angeles

After speaking with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, Brand told ESPN the team decided against letting the two meet.

Although it appears no meeting will take place, the NBA is reportedly investigating Simmons’ interaction with the Lakers to see if any rules were violated.

“(Simmons) reached out to me, not to me directly; to the Lakers to find out if we can get together this summer,” Johnson said Sunday. “I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to clear that with the league,’ and if everybody — the Sixers sign off, we sign off, the league signs off — fine, I will do that.”

Los Angeles has been disciplined by the league before. The franchise was fined $500,000 for tampering during its pursuit of Thunder star Paul George in August 2017.

The 76ers surprisingly acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Clippers before the trade deadline. They are 2-0 since making the move and will face the Celtics in TD Garden on Tuesday.

————
Watch all three FOX Sports channels live on the FOX+ app. For more info on FOX+, click here or to start your free 30 day trial, download the FOX+ app.

Comments