The Atlanta Hawks have just added 28-year old Mexican big man Gustavo Ayon to their roster.
According to RealGM.com writer Shams Charania, the Hawks claimed Ayon off waivers today. He was released by the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
The Atlanta Hawks have claimed Gustavo Ayon off waivers, league source tells RealGM. He was released by the Bucks on Thursday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 28, 2013
HoopsHype.com also reported on the matter showing that Ayon wrote the message “GO ATLANTA Hawks” on his Facebook page.
Ayon stands 6’10” tall and weighs in at 250 lbs. He was waived by the Bucks on July 25 after being traded to the team from the Orlando Magic as part of the J.J. Redick deal that went down in February.
With Atlanta, Ayon would likely be expected to play a role as a bench player for the upcoming season. He has put up relatively modest numbers at this point in his NBA career.
Ayon played 55 games last season, avergaing 2.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.3 minutes per game.
“I am very excited to join the Atlanta Hawks,” Ayon said. “I had a great conversation with Coach Budenholzer and can’t wait to get to the city, meet my teammates and get to work. Vamos Hawks!”
Ayon certainly adds size to Atlanta’s roster. He could provide much needed relief minutes for Al Horford and Paul Millsap, as well as other post players like Elton Brand and the newly signed Pero Antic.
“Gustavo has a high basketball IQ and is a hard-nosed player,” GM Danny Ferry said in the team’s official news release. “He gives us quality depth at the power forward and center positions.”
Free-agent big man Greg Oden was drawing interest from the Hawks, as fellow Soaring Down South writer William Perry wrote last week. However, recent reports have Oden leaning more towards signing with the World Champion Miami Heat or the newly re-named New Orleans Pelicans.
Check back for more information on Ayon, Oden, and other off-season moves by the Atlanta Hawks.