San Antonio Spurs Waive Second-Year Guard Josh Primo

In a stunning move, the San Antonio Spurs have let go of promising guard Josh Primo.

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In a stunning development that surprised a lot of people around the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs have decided to waive promising second-year guard Josh Primo. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Primo released a statement, saying that he is dealing with previous trauma and he needs time to focus on his mental health.

When the Spurs listed Primo as out against Friday’s match against the Chicago Bulls, the team cited a glute injury as the reason. Primo played in the Spurs’ first four games to start the 2022-23 NBA season, averaging 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 23.3 minutes of play. Primed to take on a bigger role in his second year, the 6-foot-6 combo wing mightily struggled on the floor, shooting just 34.6% from the field and 25% from the three-point line.

Josh Primo, the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, is a lengthy wing who has the potential to be a game-changing shot-creator and playmaker in the years to come. With the Spurs rebuilding their roster and putting an emphasis on player development, there’s no doubt that Primo was at the center of the team’s current and future plans. But of course, waiving him changes all that. It remains to be seen if and how Primo will return to the league in the future, but there’s no question that he has the skill set to thrive in the NBA.

Having said that, the Spurs are actually off to a great start this season. They have won four of their first six games, including big wins against the Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. With Josh Primo off the roster, the Spurs will focus on the continuous growth of Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl, and Tre Jones.

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