Sixers GM Elton Brand put the kibosh on a possible Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting

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Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers’ non-traditionally large point guard, is serious about getting better. He wants to talk to Hall of Famers to try and improve his game, and one of the first names on his list was Magic Johnson. It makes tons of sense — Johnson was a similarly sized point guard, and has a lot to teach a young player like Simmons. Plus, Simmons has already reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers to start the wheels in motion.

But Johnson is also the president of the Lakers, which means any meeting between the two would have to be approved by the Lakers, the Sixers, and the NBA. And Sixers GM Elton Brand has already put the kibosh on any meeting between Johnson and Simmons, which he revealed during a Monday morning call to local Philadelphia sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic.

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You can understand why Brand wouldn’t want this meeting to go down. Johnson is a Hall of Fame player, but he’s also the Sixers’ competition. Plus, Simmons happens to be represented by Klutch Sports, which also represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis. While a meeting between Johnson and Simmons would ostensibly be about Simmons’ game only, why even give Johnson (or anyone) the chance to try and persuade Simmons to sign with the Lakers in a few years.

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Because of that, the league is now getting involved. The NBA will look into whether any contact between Simmons and the Lakers violated NBA rules, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


The Lakers put out their own release, clarifying exactly what happened with Simmons.


Brand is just trying to protect his team and his players, but it’s still a shame that Simmons can’t spend some time with Johnson. Maybe Magic could share tips via text? Or an old fashioned pen-and-paper letter? Perhaps they could exchange messages through carrier pigeon!

Ben Simmons examines the defense against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Ben Simmons examines the defense against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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