At first, the move from his home city was “more emotional than I expected,” says Gasol, who quickly fell in love with Girona, its people and its culture. Coming from bustling Barcelona, Gasol liked the change of pace. The food is good and the city is packed with Medieval history, with cobblestone streets lining the rivers running through its center. (Game of Thrones shot parts of its sixth season there.) In his debut season, Gasol helped the team finish fifth in the league and it won the ULEB Cup, a continental tournament now known as the EuroCup, in one of the biggest sports moments in the city’s history. In his second year, Gasol averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, making 65.2 percent of his shots and winning Liga ACB player of the week 11 times. CB Girona again reached the EuroCup finals (but lost) and placed seventh in the league, and Gasol claimed the Liga ACB’s MVP award, beating out the likes of Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez.
September 25, 2021 | 1:42 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: “I talked to Rich Paul, and Rich Paul was the one who told me, ‘We want out. We want out. And we’ll go to whatever degree we have to go to in order to get out. We want to be anywhere but in Philadelphia.'” – @RealJayWilliams (Via ESPN | h/t Bleacher Report) pic.twitter.com/8TzNQQi1LB
September 25, 2021 | 1:01 pm EDT Update
The core leaders on the 76ers — such as Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle — and most of the team were set to take a jet to see Simmons before being turned away, sources said. Multiple sources said Simmons didn’t want his teammates, some of whom he considers friends, to make the Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles commute out of courtesy because he won’t change his mind on wanting a trade.
The 76ers’ training camp begins this upcoming week, with Media Day on Monday. Simmons has mentally checked out as a member of the 76ers, sources said, meaning whether or not he ever appears in Philadelphia this season the organization may never again receive the same dedicated player.
So far, the 76ers have not received an offer they deem enough to move Simmons and the franchise has wanted Simmons back to rejoin an Eastern Conference contender. Philadelphia has no trade imminent, although teams are calling, according to sources. Simmons has four years and $147 million left on his max contract.
September 25, 2021 | 12:12 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Sachin Gupta wants Ben Simmons. The same hurdles remain, but can he now be more creative on three-team scenarios? That still seems to be the key. But make not mistake: Gupta is all in on acquiring Ben Simmons.
Darren Wolfson: (Gupta) is going to work his ass off to try to acquire Ben Simmons and he has full authority to do so. Glen Taylor, Marc Lore, Alex Rodriguez… Trust me, they’ve given him the green light