The San Antonio Spurs They gave up goalkeeper Joshua Primo, Team announced Friday. Tottenham manager Gregg Popovich declined to provide an explanation for the team’s decision and the team’s official statement did not provide any explanation. In pure basketball terms, this is one of the most surprising moves in recent memory.
Primo issued the following statement through ESPN“I know you are all surprised by today’s announcement,” Primo said in a statement. “I have been seeking help to deal with my past trauma, and I will use this time now to focus on my mental health treatment fully.” “I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so I can help others who have suffered similarly. I appreciate the privacy at this time.”
Primo was the 12th pick overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. His numbers were nothing to write home about – 5.9 points per game – 37.2 percent shot off the field – but he gave plenty of promise during the junior season and the first four games of the season. Primo was always expected to be an on-the-ground project. It was always going to take him time to find a foothold in the NBA.
NBA teams don’t pass off often this young man’s players, but it’s not unprecedented. The Phoenix Suns turned down the third-year option for 2020 lottery pick Jalen Smith last season and eventually ended up trading him. However, Spurs opted for Primo for the third year just two weeks ago, meaning his contract was guaranteed for $4.1 million this season and $4.3 million next season. It can now be claimed on waivers, and if it clears waivers, it will be an unrestricted free agent.
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Primo was included in the exit list for Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls in San Antonio’s injury report with “a soreness in the left bowl,” and had already missed Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota. Now, it’s completely off the list.
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