SAN ANTONIO SPURS RELEASE 12TH DRAFT PICK JOSH PRIMO, NO OTHER INFORMATION
So I went to tune into the San Antonio Spurs game last night, if only to catch the start of the game. I’ve done that for almost every game this 2022-2023 season so far. Last night’s game was the 6th for the Spurs this season. They won, and are now 4-2! Yay! But also not so yay, considering what happened yesterday. Before I could really see how the Spurs were matching up against the Chicago Bulls, the sportscasters said something about how it was an awkward night for the Spurs, in light of how they had just announced that they had release Josh Primo earlier yesterday. And this is more than strange news. It’s kind of unbelievable. Fans are shocked. The entire NBA is shocked.
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I’m shocked. One of the main reasons I’m following each Spurs game this season is to see how Josh Primo is doing. Well, I was, anyway. The Spurs selected Primo with the 12th pick, just two drafts ago. He was the youngest player in the draft, and no one expected him to go so high. But the kid is good. Really, really good. And now, he’s not just as good as gone. He’s simply…. Gone? And the Spurs aren’t saying anything. Not the coaches, not the staff, and not the players. I and everyone else were (and maybe still are) wondering what in the hell Primo could have done. The Spurs just extended is contract a mere two weeks ago! And he’s featured in current marketing as a major part of their future.
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But all at once, that’s in the past. I reached out to contacts to try to find out what happened. All I could find out from San Antonio sources was that local reporters covering them had no clue. They, also, were shocked. One has covered them for 35 years and simply can’t believe it. Sources in Canada’s basketball world said they didn’t know, and that no one was saying a word. No gossip, nada, the grapevine empty. And then, finally, Josh Primo himself finally “addressed” the situation by saying that he has a mental health situation, from some kind of past trauma. That’s it, and nothing more.
NBA teams don’t simply release players they selected with the 12th pick. And they don’t release players that can play for any other team, even this season, while having to pay them another 8 million dollars over the next two years. It just doesn’t happen. Except now, Josh Primo. Whatever is going on, I hope this kid is ok. But I’ll never see him in a Spurs uniform again, and won’t enjoy him wearing one for another 15 years.