The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 4-2 record to start the new NBA season, but make no mistake about it: They’re in the middle of what could be a long-term rebuilding process.
That means evaluating a large number of young prospects and letting some of them go if they don’t show improvement.
One of those prospects, Joshua Primo, was waived by the team on Friday.
Spurs waive Josh Primo pic.twitter.com/Xr4OjlbUnv
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) October 28, 2022
Primo, a Canadian native, played one year of college ball at the University of Alabama, then was taken by the Spurs with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
But he hasn’t really developed, as he averaged 5.8 points per game while shooting 37.4 percent from the field as a rookie last year and is only up to 7.0 points a contest while shooting 34.6 percent so far this year.
There hasn’t been any comment or explanation from the Spurs organization about why they released Primo, which has led fans and observers to speculate.
Text from a friend who works for a team on Joshua Primo being waived: "We're trying to find out more, because there has to be a story there. You don't just waive a kid after picking up his option without there being more to the story."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) October 28, 2022
Joshua Primo getting waived means… pic.twitter.com/V2ROBzy146
— okay (@filetofwiz) October 28, 2022
Joshua Primo being waived by the Spurs is so left field. Was totally not expecting this.
— Carolina Teague (@carolinateague_) October 28, 2022
Joshua Primo must’ve done something horrendous
— Edwardo (@GYTO1120) October 28, 2022
Joshua Primo getting waived really sending us Spurs fans down a spiral. Its something when even Woj is calling this "jarring".
— Tony Espinoza (@kanjiteck210) October 29, 2022
Before the season started, many thought San Antonio would be tanking in order to give itself the best chance at winning the top pick in next year’s draft so it could take Franch phenom Victor Wembanyama.
But the team has been playing well offensively, averaging 119.8 points per game, which is third in the league.
Through six games, the Spurs have already defeated strong, playoff-caliber squads such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls.
Forward Keldon Johnson is pacing the team by averaging 23.7 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range, while center Jakob Poeltl is putting up 15.8 points and 11.0 rebounds a game.