Elton Brandon called Magic Johnson to apologize for his comments at 97.5 The Fanatic about Ben Simmons.
Per ESPN, Brand did not mention in that interview that someone from the Sixers, at the urging of one of Simmons’brothers, had contacted Pelinka first, which is what prompted Pelinka’s call to Brand.
The Lakers issued a statement later Monday that read: “To clarify, last November the 76ers sent an email to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons would be able to speak with Magic Johnson about his Hall of Fame playing career. After receiving the email request from the 76ers, Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers General Manager Elton Brand and informed him that Magic could only do so if the 76ers gave him pre-written approval. That was the end of the matter.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN on Monday, “The league office is looking into whether any contact took place between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated nba rules.”