Former Atlanta Hawks reserve center Gustavo Ayon is drawing interest from the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Interesting rumble just dribbled in on eve of FIBA World Cup: Reigning champs San Antonio have registered interest in Mexico's Gustavo Ayon
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 29, 2014
Ayon reportedly had an “offer from China” to play overseas next season, but one would assume the interest from the NBA’s reigning champs takes priority.
According to Stein’s sources, the Spurs are determined to re-sign backup center Aron Baynes, but have “identified Ayon as both a potential Baynes replacement or a possible addition to the roster even if a new deal with Baynes is worked out.”
In a funny twist of fate, Ayon and Baynes will square off on Wednesday when Mexico plays Australia at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Ayon signed with the Hawks last offseason and entered the year as the third-string center behind two-time All-Star Al Horford and 31-year-old rookie backup Pero Antic, however suffered a shoulder injury during training camp in October which later resulted in a season-ending injury in February and limited him to just 26 games.
Ayon, 29, averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last year with the Hawks.