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Spurs waive guard Joshua Primo

Oct 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo (11) dribbles while Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin (6) defends during the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs waived guard Joshua Primo in an unexpected move on Friday night.

“It is our hope that, in the long run, this decision will serve the best interest of both the organization and Joshua,” Spurs CEO RC Buford said in a news release.

Primo, 19, was the 12th overall selection by in the 2021 NBA Draft out of Alabama.

Earlier this month, San Antonio exercised a third-year team option on Primo’s rookie contract that would have kept him on the team through 2023-24.

Primo played in four games this season and averaged 7.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Before being waived, he was on the team’s injury report, listed as having left glute soreness.

As a rookie in 2021-22, Primo played 50 games, including 16 starts. He averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

–Field Level Media