Spurs waive 2021 first-round pick Joshua Primo

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The San Antonio Spurs have waived guard Joshua Primo, the team announced Friday.

Primo, 19, was the 12th pick in the 2021 NBA draft. He has played four games for the Spurs this season, posting averages of 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game over 34 .6% shots from the field.

Primo released the following statement to ESPN:

“I know you are all surprised by today’s announcement. I have sought help to deal with a previous trauma I suffered and will now use this time to focus more fully on my mental health treatment. I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so that I can help others who have suffered in the same way. I value privacy right now.

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Spurs manager Gregg Popovich wouldn’t comment further on Primo’s cancellation.

“We hope that in the long term this decision will serve the best interests of the organization and of Joshua,” RC Buford, CEO of Spurs Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement.

Before coming to the NBA, Primo played a season for the University of Alabama. In 30 college games, Primo averaged 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game on 43.1 percent shooting from the field.

The Spurs are 3-2 this season and will face the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.

(Photo: Daniel Dunn/USA Today)

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