The NBA found that there was no tampering violation by Los Angeles Lakerspresident of basketball operations Magic Johnson in relation to potential contact with Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons.
"We have concluded that Magic Johnson's statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation," the NBA said Tuesday in a statement. "The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson's response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules."
Sixers general manager Elton Brand called Johnson on Monday afternoon to apologize for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had called — unprompted — to ask permission for Johnson to speak with Simmons, league sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.