NBA league office, Elton Brand respond to Magic Johnson-Ben Simmons situation


Updated: 5:51 p.m.

The mini-drama regarding Ben Simmons wanting to work with Magic Johnson this summer to learn "big guard" secrets might not be over.

The NBA is looking into whether any contact took place between the Lakers and Simmons that violated league rules.

Tampering, we would presume, might be one of the league rules in question. 

Sixers general manager Elton Brand also responded to the situation, speaking with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers released an official response Monday night, indicating that they received an email from the Sixers in November asking if Simmons would be able to speak with Johnson.

Earlier Monday, Brand said on 97.5 The Fanatic that he declined to give Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka permission to talk with Simmons

Johnson's decision Sunday before the Sixers' 143-120 win over the Lakers to mention the possibility of working with Simmons this summer was unusual, and it's certainly grabbed a few headlines.

The notion that Simmons would want to learn from Johnson isn't so odd. Simmons is obviously not at a Hall of Fame level yet, but his game has justifiably drawn comparisons to Johnson's. His 12 regular-season triple-doubles last season passed Johnson for second-most ever by a rookie, behind only Oscar Robertson.

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