In the midst of an NBA investigation into a possible falsification attempt, Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand told ESPN that his star guard, Ben Simmons, did not intend to get along with the president of the Lakers, Magic Johnson. great times. "
"No problem," Brand told ESPN on Monday. "I have a great relationship with Ben and [his agent] Rich [Paul] and we expect him to be Sixer for a long time. He's interested in chatting with some of the greatest players of all time and we are supportive.
"I had a brief dialogue with [Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka, whom I have known for a long time, but nothing is planned. Our collective goal is to make an effort in the post-season.
"Again, we are not sweating – end of story."
Mike Bass, spokesman for the NBA, told ESPN on Monday: "The league office is investigating whether contacts have occurred between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers who have broken the rules of the NBA."
Simmons and Johnson are both playmakers over 6 feet and over. Simmons is eligible to sign his rookie contract extension with the Sixers after the season.
Johnson told reporters Sunday in Philadelphia, "[Simmons] reached to me, not to me directly; to the Lakers to find out if we can meet this summer. I said, "Hey, you have to erase that with the league," and if everyone – the Sixers approve, we approve, the league withdraws – well, I'll do it. … but I love his game. I love his vision. I like it too, it is very, in terms of IQ basketball, very high IQ basketball. "
In 2017, the NBA fined the Lakers $ 500,000 for breaking the anti-tampering rules; Pelinka was found guilty of breaking the rules of the League in his dealings with Paul George and his agent. The Lakers were well worth $ 50,000 in 2018 comments Johnson made about Giannis Antetokounmpo, star of Milwaukee Bucks.
Recently, the Lakers attempted to trade against New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports – the same agency that represents LeBron James of Los Angeles. Paul and James have been friends since childhood, which has left many wondering if Paul was trying to get two of his celebrity clients together in Los Angeles.
Paul and Klutch Sports also represent Simmons.