In the golden age of tampering, Magic Johnson is still trying to shoot his shot. Apparently, Ben Simmons wants to meet up with some NBA legends, and be tutored by them as he progresses in his NBA career. The Lakers’ president alluded to this conversation earlier in the year.
“[Simmons] reached out to me, not to me directly, to the Lakers to find out if we can get together this summer,” said Johnson, who was an oversized point guard like Simmons is. “I said, ‘Hey, you got to clear it with the league,’ and if everybody — the Sixers sign off, we sign off, the league sign off — fine, I will do that. But if everybody doesn’t sign off, then we can’t get together.”
Magic Johnson needs permission to meet up with Ben Simmons, as it is seen as tampering by the league. Though, it seems, Magic and the Lakers won’t be getting the okay on that.
“[Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka called me and said ‘Hey, we’re hearing Ben wants to talk to Hall of Famers, championship-level players, and Magic is on the list,” Brand explained. “We need authorization for him to meet up.’ And I said ‘No.’ This is over a month ago, so I said no.”
If the two do end up meeting up, it could result in some serious consequences… consequences the team just can’t afford right now.
Nonetheless, this is becoming a common topic around the NBA. As small market teams continue to be subject to questionable tampering cases, expect the league to crack down on these situations moving forward, especially in a summer where the future of so many players and teams is on the line.