Spurs waive 2021 first-round draft pick, guard cites ‘previous trauma’

After just 54 games, the San Antonio Spurs released their first-round NBA draught pick.

Joshua Primo, who was selected by the club with the 12th overall choice in the 2021 NBA Draft, was released on Friday. Just two weeks prior, the Spurs had selected the third-year option for Primo’s 2023–2024 contract, which included a $4.3 million guarantee for the guard.

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

Spurs waive 2021 first-round draft pick, guard cites ‘previous trauma’

Primo was selected in the first round by the Spurs out of the University of Alabama, where he played 30 games and averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Following the announcement, Primo gave an interview with ESPN in which he discussed “previous trauma” and his mental health.

“I know that you all are surprised by today’s announcement,” Primo said in a statement to ESPN. “I’ve been seeking help to deal with previous trauma I suffered and will now take this time to focus on my mental health treatment more fully. I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I appreciate privacy at this time.”

Primo played in 50 games during his first season, recording an average of 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.

With a 4-2 record through their first six games of the season, the Spurs have had a strong start.

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