Hawks Claim Gustavo Ayon

Bo Churney —  July 28, 2013

According to RealGM, the Hawks have claimed Gustavo Ayon off of waivers. Robby Kalland was able to confirm the report.

Ayon last played for the Bucks and has also played with the Magic and the now-Pelicans. The 28 year old’s best season – he’s only played two – came in his rookie year, where he was getting 20 minutes per game in New Orleans and averaging six points and five rebounds. His career per-36 numbers actually compare very well with Zaza Pachulia, who will be making more than three-times as much as Ayon this upcoming season.

“Gustavo has a high basketball IQ and is a hard-nosed player,” General Manager Danny Ferry said. “He gives us quality depth at the power forward and center positions.”

“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!”

I expect this means that the Hawks are out of the Greg Oden sweepstakes, as Marc Stein reported earlier that the team was interested in the former Portland center. This move also seems to indicate that Lucas Nogueira will not join the team this season, as the Hawks now have six players under contract capable of playing the power forward or center positions.

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4 responses to Hawks Claim Gustavo Ayon

  1. Bo, you say this means Bebe likely isn’t coMing because of this move? Is Ayon’s deal guaranteed? Or could this just be a camp invite type of signing, for depth?

  2. Carlos Ramirez July 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Really wanted to see Bebe and his hair swag this season…

  3. Yes, Ayon’s contract is guaranteed. Hawks claimed him off waivers and so become responsible for his final year at $1.5 million. I think the Antic signing was more revealing of Ferry’s intentions with regards to Nogueira. Ayon just kind of fell into Ferry’s lap… he probably wasn’t expecting to have so many teams pass on the opportunity to sign a quality big man on a near-minimum, one-year deal. But he grabbed him as any quality executive should because he’s an undervalued asset. Keep in mind Nogueira signed a new multi-year contract with Estudiantes just before the draft. He made the decision to hand his Spanish team all kinds of extra leverage and make the Hawks jump through hoops to try to get him to the NBA this season.

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