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Magic says Ben Simmons asked him for mentoring next summer

Magic says Ben Simmons asked him for mentoring next summer
Published On: Sun, Feb 10
Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (facing camera) hugs former Laker player Magic Johnson before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons could be joining Magic Johnson in Los Angeles this summera€¦ For some mentoring.

On Sunday, Johnson made a rare Eastern Conference media appearance with his Lakers as they visited the Wells Fargo Center to do battle with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Prior to the game, Johnson decided to address the media and Johnson revealed that Simmons wants to a€œsit downa€ with him this summer to a€œtrade some a€˜big guarda€™ secrets.a€

Obviously, any contact between Johnson and Simmons would raise some eyebrows, mainly for two reasons.

First, LeBron Jamesa€™ relationship with Simmons is well chronicled, and with the Lakers seeking a second star to put on the floor beside James, any kind of contact between the two would be scrutinized. Unreported and unsanctioned contact could easily be construed as impermissible contact by the league, and the levying of a tampering charge would be highly probable.

And speaking of tampering, therein lies the second reason why the revelation would spark some controversy.

Under Johnson, the Lakers were fined $500,000 for impermissible contact between the franchise and Paul Georgea€™s representatives, and another $50,000 for Johnsona€™s making impermissible comments about Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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