The NBA discovered that there was no tampering violation by Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson in relation to potential contact with Philadelphia 76ers level guard Ben Simmons.
“We now have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements concerning Ben Simmons don’t represent a tampering violation,” the NBA stated Tuesday in a press release. “The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a gathering between Johnson and Simmons. Each organizations in the end concluded that such a gathering didn’t make sense right now however in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry concerning Simmons doesn’t run afoul of league guidelines.”
Sixers common supervisor Elton Model referred to as Johnson on Monday afternoon to apologize for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had referred to as — unprompted — to ask permission for Johnson to talk with Simmons, league sources advised ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Within the interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Monday morning, Model stated, “[Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka referred to as me and stated that Ben [Simmons] needed to speak to Corridor of Famers after the season, Magic was on the record. He requested for authorization. … I stated no.”
He didn’t point out in that interview that somebody from the Sixers had contacted Pelinka first, which is what prompted his name to Model.
The Lakers issued a press release later Monday that learn: “To make clear, final November the 76ers despatched an electronic mail to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons would have the ability to communicate with Magic Johnson about his Corridor of Fame taking part in profession. After receiving the e-mail request from the 76ers, Lakers Basic Supervisor Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers Basic Supervisor Elton Model and knowledgeable him that Magic may solely achieve this if the 76ers gave him pre-written approval. That was the top of the matter.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass advised ESPN on Monday: “The league workplace is trying into whether or not any contact passed off between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA guidelines.”