13 people who turned their backs on the San Antonio Spurs

Revisiting the history of the San Antonio Spurs' long line of people who disrespected or turned their back on the franchise.

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6. Marcus Morris

Who could forget Marcus Morris? The player currently being held in Spurs purgatory for what one can only imagine is revenge for his more recent transgression. Morris should have been a Silver and Black representative years ago. He and the front office had agreed to a deal that prompted the Spurs to trade Davis Bertans—a player they liked—to open a roster spot for Marcus, only for him to renege on the deal and go elsewhere, leaving San Antonio without either player.

Coach Popovich was understandably upset and expressed as much to the media, calling the move "unprofessional," among other things. Morris is now back on the roster as a result of the Doug McDermott trade with the Indiana Pacers, but has yet to play with the team. The expectation is that he will be bought out but the Spurs seem to be dragging their feet. If done long enough, they could choose to make their move after the cutoff date for bought-out players to sign with playoff teams. Sweet revenge.

5. Joshua Primo

Some may be shocked to see Josh Primo's name included on this list, but he fits this mold in a more radical way than others. Primo is a scoring point guard with good size, and he was actually supposed to be the starter this season until he decided he would rather expose himself to an unwilling staffer.

If he hadn't done what he did, then there is a chance the Spurs win a couple more games and ruin their chance at Victor Wembanyama, but since multiversal travel does not exist, there is no way to know for sure. Besides, it is common decency to side with the preference of women not being harassed. So, just don't do it.

Operating off the assumption that a 20-year-old Josh would not have moved the needle that much in his second year, his third year could have been the one where he started to turn into the player he was projected to be. He would be the starting point guard next to Victor, and San Antonio would not be looking for their next floor general. His disgusting behavior set the organization back and the nature of his action, combined with what it cost himself and the team, firmly places him in the top 10.