LA Clippers to Sign Kai Jones, Waive Joshua Primo

Free agent center Kai Jones is close to signing a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. In order to make space on the roster for Jones, the Clippers are releasing Joshua Primo, as per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jones had a brief stint with the Charlotte Hornets, spending two seasons with the team and averaging 2.7 points in 67 games before being let go by the organization.

Following that, he signed a 10-day deal with the Philadelphia Sixers but didn’t get any playing time with the first team.

Nevertheless, his time in the G League for 76ers’ affiliate has been significantly more successful, with averages of 16.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 48 regular season and Showcase Cup appearances.

Jones posted some strange things on social media before the start of the season. A report came out just before training camp stating that he wouldn’t be joining the Hornets due to personal reasons. He then asked to be traded and was released by the team shortly after.

The Clippers had previously invited Jones for a visit in November. Primo was selected as the 12th overall pick by the Spurs in 2021.

He played in two games with the Clippers this season after they signed him following his release by San Antonio last year due to “inappropriate and offensive behavior” for allegedly exposing himself to women.

The NBA handed Primo a four-game suspension for his actions, which reportedly included multiple incidents involving a long-time sports psychologist who worked for the Spurs while he was with the team.

The Clippers now have three big men on their team with Jones, Plumlee, and Theis. It will be interesting to see how Ty Lue manages their playing time in the playoffs.

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