Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand called Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson Monday afternoon to apologize for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had called Simmons, league sources told ESPN.
The Fanatic on Monday morning, Brand said, "Rob Pelinka called me and said that Ben wanted to talk to Hall of Famers after the season, Magic was on the list. He asked for authorization … "I said no."
He did not mention that he was interviewed by the Sixers at the Simmons' Brothers Brand.
The Lakers issued a statement later Monday that read: "To clarify, last November the 76ers sent an email to the Lakers 76er, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers general manager Elton Brand and he was informed that he could do so. That's the end of the matter. "
NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN on Monday," The league's office is looking at somewhere between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA rules. "
Richie [Paul] and we expect him to be a Sixer for a long time, "Brand told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski." He has taken interest in chatting with some of the game's all-time time is over and we're supportive.
"We've been talking to Rob Pelinka, who's about to do it again." Not sweating this ̵
Later in the day, fire spokes directly to Johnson to further clear the air, sources said.