NBA world in shock as Josh Primo cut after troubling allegations

Josh Primo is pictured speaking with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

The NBA world has been left in shock after the San Antonio Spurs released guard Josh Primo barely a year after drafting him 12th overall.

While it was initially unclear why the Spurs had cut Primo, who was working to solidify a starting spot, further reporting has revealed troublesome allegations.

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A female member of the San Antonio staff has reportedly hired legal representation after Primo was alleged to have exposed himself deliberately on multiple occasions.

Shams Charania of The Athletic later reported a female former Spurs employee alleged Primo exposed himself to her and has hired attorney Tony Buzbee to represent here.

Buzbee represented the women who brought a sexual misconduct lawsuit against NFL star Deshaun Watson.

Primo is currently on waivers and will hit free agency on Monday unless a team claims him and the $4.1 million salary for this season plus $4.3 million for 2023-2024.

Through 54 career games, Primo — who is still younger than many of this season's NBA rookies — has averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 19.6 minutes per game while shooting 37.2% from the field.

Many NBA teams are reportedly still interested in his potential, but are looking for more information as they consider claiming him on waivers.

NBA stunned after San Antonio cuts Josh Primo

Before additional reporting about the allegations from ESPN, most NBA observers were either confused by the Spurs' decision to waive Primo or assumed there was more to the story, which has turned out to be true.

It was a stunning move given that the Spurs had drafted him 12th overall out of Alabama 15 months earlier and had picked up his option for next season earlier this month.

Spurs CEO R.C. Buford hinted at issues surrounding Primo in a brief statement:

"It is our hope that, in the long run, this decision will serve the best interest of both the organisation and Joshua."

Josh Primo was picked 12th overall by the Spurs in the 2021 NBA draft, and was in his second NBA season before being cut. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
Josh Primo was picked 12th overall by the Spurs in the 2021 NBA draft, and was in his second NBA season before being cut. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

Primo released his own statement hours later announcing he was seeking mental health treatment to address past traumas and requested privacy at the moment:

"I know that you all are surprised by today's announcement," he said.

"I've been seeking help to deal with previous trauma I suffered and will now take this time to focus on my mental health treatment more fully.

"I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I appreciate privacy at this time."

Even with the revelation from ESPN, the lack of details likely means Primo's future remains hazy for the foreseeable future, unless more details come to light.

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