The San Antonio Spurs‘ launch of guard Joshua Primo — the No. 12 decide within the 2021 NBA draft — stemmed from a number of alleged cases of him exposing himself to girls, sources informed ESPN on Saturday.
The decision to release Primo on Friday night time was sudden and surprising, and it spoke to the severity of the problems surrounding the promising 19-year outdated participant.
The staff had lately picked up the $4.3 million 2023-24 possibility on Primo’s contract, signifying a stage of confidence in his future with the franchise.
Many NBA groups stay intrigued with Primo’s expertise and potential, however are trying to find a extra full understanding of the scenario as they weigh the potential of inserting a declare to accumulate Primo earlier than he clears waivers and turns into a free agent Monday afternoon, sources stated.
To declare Primo, a staff would want the obtainable cap house or a traded participant exception important sufficient to soak up his $4.1 million wage this yr. It would additionally owe him the $4.3 million on his contract for 2023-2024.
In an announcement to ESPN on Friday night time, Primo acknowledged a have to proceed “psychological well being remedy extra absolutely.”
“I do know that you just all are stunned by immediately’s announcement,” Primo stated within the assertion. “I’ve been searching for assist to take care of earlier trauma I suffered and can now take this time to give attention to my psychological well being remedy extra absolutely. I hope to have the ability to focus on these points sooner or later so I will help others who’ve suffered in an identical approach. I recognize privateness presently.”
Primo averaged 5.9 factors in 54 profession video games for the Spurs, together with 16 begins as a rookie.
He performed within the Spurs’ first 4 video games this season, averaging 7.0 factors off the bench. Primo didn’t play in Wednesday’s street loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and was listed as out for Friday’s house recreation towards the Chicago Bulls earlier than being waived about an hour earlier than tipoff.
“It is our hope that, in the long term, this determination will serve the perfect curiosity of each the group and Joshua,” Spurs CEO RC Buford stated in an announcement.