Report: NBA found no tampering violations between Lakers, Sixers’ Ben Simmons
“The 76ers initiated the contact with the Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time…”
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 12, 2019
Both sides provided different takes on what really took place, with the Lakers’ Magic Johnson being rather short on the details, while Sixers’ GM Elton Brand refuted it was Lakers who brought it up, only for him to shut it down.
At the wake of these counter-reports, the league launched an investigation on Monday to figure out what had taken place, but wound up with not much to make out of, deciding not to fine either franchise.
Charania reported earlier that Simmons also had interest in meeting with other Hall of Famers like Allen Iverson, Julius Irving, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant in a since-deleted tweet that was earlier corroborated by Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice.
Simmons was seeking mentorship in hopes to improve his game and become an all-time great, seeking input of the likes of Magic as another 6-foot-9 point man who made a career out of finding the open man.
Iverson and Dr. J could be available for Simmons in the offseason as former Sixers themselves, but the likes of Kobe and Magic could be potentially off limits with the NBA keeping a close eye on the situation at the wake of recent events.