The NBA found that basketball president Magic Johnson, president of the Los Angeles Lakers, had not committed a forgery violation because of potential contact with Philadelphia 76ers playmaker Ben Simmons.
"We concluded that Magic Johnson's statements regarding Ben Simmons did not constitute an alteration violation," the NBA said in a statement. "The Philadelphia 76 contacted the Los Angeles Lakers asking for a meeting between Johnson and Simmons, and the two organizations finally concluded that such a meeting was meaningless at that time, but in this context, Johnson's response to a media investigation regarding Simmons not violates league rules. "
Sixers general manager Elton Brand telephoned Johnson on Monday afternoon to apologize for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had called – without prompting – to ask Johnson for permission. to talk to Simmons, said league sources at Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
In the interview with 97.5% the Fanatic Monday morning, Brand said: "[Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka called me and told me that Ben [Simmons] wanted to talk to the Hall of Fame after the season, Magic was on the list. He asked for permission. … I said no. "
He did not mention in this interview that any of the Sixers had contacted Pelinka first, which motivated his call to Brand.
The Lakers issued a statement on Monday saying: "Last November, the 76ers sent an email to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons would be able to talk to Magic Johnson about his playing career in the Hall of Fame. After receiving this request by e-mail Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers general manager Elton Brand and informed him that Magic could only do so if the 76ers had previously authorized him to do so. written.
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."