The San Antonio Spurs made a stunning announcement on Friday.
Josh Primo, the 2021 No. 12 overall pick, was waived by the organization in just the beginning of his second year.
“It is our hope that, in the long run, this decision will serve the best interest of both the organization and Joshua,” said Spurs CEO R.C. Buford in a statement.
About three hours after the release, Primo released a statement to ESPN on the matter:
Primo, a 19-year-old guard out of Alabama, played 50 games (16 starts) in his rookie season and averaged 5.8 points per game, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists on a 37.4/30.7/74.6 shooting split in 19.3 minutes.
In four games this season, Primo upped his per-game numbers to 7.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds on a 34.6/25.0/77.8 shooting split.
The 6-foot-6 guard spent just one season with Alabama before declaring for the NBA draft and was touted for his potential to become a dynamic three-level scorer who could play as a 2 or 3 if he added more muscle to his frame. The Spurs gambled on that by selecting him with their No. 12 overall pick despite Primo being regarded as a mid-to-late first-rounder.
He was the youngest player in the 2021 draft at 18 years old and born on Dec. 24, 2002.
Just about two weeks ago on Oct. 10, the Spurs had exercised the third-year team option on Primo’s contract, and he is still set to make $4.1 million this year and $4.3 million next year, per Spotrac, if another team claims him off waivers.