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Spurs shockingly waive 2021 No.12 pick Josh Primo

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 07: Josh Primo #11 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on January 07, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: Primo released this statement to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

We wish him the best and hope to see him back on the court when he is ready.


In a move nobody outside the organization saw coming, the San Antonio Spurs have waived Josh Primo, the No.12 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and a player considered a rising star with the team.
“It is our hope that, in the long run, this decision will serve the best interest of both the organization and Joshua,” Spurs CEO and player/personnel executive RC Buford said in a statement announcing the move.

The Spurs gave no reason and Gregg Popovich did not add details at his pregame press conference.

Primo is just 19, and the Spurs picked up his option for next year just a few weeks ago, before the season started. He missed most of the preseason with a sprained MCL, but once the games mattered he played 23 minutes a night for the Spurs and averaged 7 points a game. Primo sat out last night with what was called “glute soreness.” Primo has shown real flashes of potential as a future ball-handling wing who could score and more.

It’s almost unprecedented for a team to waive a young, promising player under contract, there is more to the story we don’t know yet. Check back to the NBA page at NBC Sports for more information on this shocking move as it becomes available.