Ex-Spurs Guard Joshua Primo Owed $8.4M Over Next Two Seasons After Clearing Waiver Wire

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Former Spurs point guard Joshua Primo went unclaimed on the waiver wire and is now a free agent, per NBA Insider Shams Charania. The guard is now owed $8.4 million over the next two seasons. Primo was waived on Friday due to the player being accused of exposing himself to women multiple times. One of the alleged women is the team’s former employee Hillary Cauthen.

Teams have expressed interest in signing Primo after the 19-year-old clears the waiver wire and officially becomes a free agent. However, officials say teams are waiting to see how the guard’s legal issue plays out before making any commitments. Primo’s $4.3 million option was picked up for the 2023-24 NBA season.

Cauthen worked for the Spurs as the team’s psychologist and has hired Houston Attorney Tony Buzbee to be her representative. When speaking to the media, Buzbee said that Cauthen is scheduled to discuss the details of her allegation against Primo at a news conference on Thursday. In addition to being the lead attorney on cases for more than two dozen women alleging sexual misconduct by Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, Buzbee is currently representing plaintiff Darnell Green in a felony battery case against Saints running back Alvin Kamara. 

The 19-year-old Primo told reporters that he was stepping away from basketball due to suffering from previous mental trauma. Primo emphasized that he is currently getting the help that he needs. Primo played in 50 games and averaged 19 minutes of playing time per game. He finished his first season averaging 5.8 points per game (ppg) and 2.3 rebounds per game (rpg).

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