Amid an NBA probe into doable tampering, Philadelphia 76ers basic supervisor Elton Model tells ESPN that his star guard Ben Simmons has no intention of understanding with Lakers president Magic Johnson and easily needed the Sixers to assist him facilitate “chatting with a number of the recreation’s all-time greats.”
“No challenge,” Model advised ESPN on Monday. “I’ve an important relationship with Ben and [his agent] Wealthy [Paul] and we count on him to be a Sixer for a very long time. He has taken curiosity in chatting with a number of the recreation’s all-time greats and we’re supportive.
“I had transient dialogue with [Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka, who I’ve identified for a very long time, however nothing is deliberate. Our collective focus is on making a postseason push.
“Once more, we’re not sweating this — finish of story.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass advised ESPN on Monday that, “The league workplace is wanting into whether or not any contact passed off between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA guidelines.”
Simmons and Johnson are each 6-foot-9-plus level guards. Simmons is eligible to signal his rookie contract extension with the Sixers after the season.
Johnson advised reporters on Sunday in Philadelphia, “[Simmons] reached out to me, to not me instantly; to the Lakers to seek out out if we will get collectively this summer season. I stated, ‘Hey, you have to clear that with the league,’ and if all people — the Sixers log off, we log off, the league indicators off — effective, I’ll try this. … However I really like his recreation. I really like his imaginative and prescient. I really like additionally, too, he is very, by way of basketball IQ, very excessive basketball IQ.”
In 2017, the NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for violating anti-tampering guidelines; Pelinka was discovered to have violated league guidelines in his dealings with Paul George and his agent. The Lakers have been effective $50,000 in 2018 feedback Johnson made about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Not too long ago, the Lakers tried to commerce for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who’s represented by Wealthy Paul of Klutch Sports activities — the identical company that represents Los Angeles’ LeBron James. Paul and James have been associates since childhood, which led many to surprise if Paul was trying to align two of his star shoppers collectively in Los Angeles.
Paul and Klutch Sports activities additionally signify Simmons.