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Friday, July 10, 2020

Lakers blame 76ers for initiating contact over Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to tell their side of the story in the ongoing disagreement over Ben Simmons.

The Lakers said in a statement Monday that it was the Philadelphia 76ers who first reached out to the Lakers asking if it would be possible for Simmons to talk with Magic Johnson. The Lakers said they contacted the Sixers and informed them that their approval would be required, and “that was the end of the matter.”

The story continues to evolve depending on who’s telling it. 76ers general manager Elton Brand said earlier Monday that the Lakers had originally reached out to the 76ers to approve such a meeting, and Brand had refused to authorize it. That’s pretty much the total opposite of what the Lakers are now saying.

The NBA has begun investigating this entire situation, and will be looking to settle this as quickly as possible before the rumor mill gets out of control.

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