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Ranking Spurs' Top 3 free agent replacements for Josh Primo

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The San Antonio Spurs rocked the NBA world after releasing their 12th overall pick from 2021, Josh Primo. The events happened before their season matchup against DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Fans were shocked and confused as it happened, but recent developments have revealed that the release wasn't basketball related

While with the Spurs, Primo showed on-court brilliance and had fans rooting for his development. I, for one, thought he'd continue to be a Spur and have an integral part in the team's young core. Through four games, the 19-year-old guard has averaged 7 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. His efficiency on the floor wasn't sizeable, but his passing has left a hole in the Spurs' offense.

Interestingly, though being short-handed, San Antonio has been able to get wins following Primo's release. But it wouldn't hurt if the front office started looking for replacement options for the Canadian guard. The free-agent market offers players that could take over Primo's role as a backup facilitator. 

The Spurs have also taken a massive hit in their point guard depth. Recent reports revealed that Blake Wesley's injury from their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves appears to be serious. The rookie guard will miss six to eight weeks due to an MCL tear. Until then, the Spurs should consider exploring the available players to fill the point guard void.

The way I view it, the replacement won't be a long-term option for the team. Until everyone's healthy, signing a free-agent veteran could help the team's success. Here are three veteran options that could fit well in Gregg Popovich's system and help the young core collect more wins.