Spurs cut 2021 lottery pick Josh Primo

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The Spurs waived second-year guard and 2021 lottery pick Josh Primo Friday, the Spurs announced in a statement.

It’s unclear what exactly caused Primo’s departure, and the puzzling move occurs during the start of the 2022-2023 NBA season. Spurs President Gregg Popovich declined to comment on the matter before San Antonio took on the Bulls Friday.

Josh Primo, left, speaks with Gregg Popovich.
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Josh Primo, left, speaks with Gregg Popovich.
Josh Primo, left, speaks with Gregg Popovich.
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“It is our hope that, in the long run, this decision will serve the best interest of both the organization and Joshua,” said Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO RC Buford in a statement.

Primo, who played one year for Alabama, was selected as the No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to a rebuilding Spurs squad. The 19-year-old played 50 games his rookie season and put up 5.8 points per game on 37.4/30.7/74.6 shooting splits.

The 19-year-old briefly had a more expanded role while playing four games during his sophomore season. Primo was more productive and upped his numbers to 7.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 23.3 minutes a game.

San Antonio listed Primo as out on Friday before he was waived after he attained a glute injury earlier this week.

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