According to RealGM, the Hawks have claimed Gustavo Ayon off of waivers. Robby Kalland was able to confirm the report.
A team source has confirmed that the Atlanta Hawks have claimed former Milwaukee Bucks center Gustavo Ayon off of waivers.
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) July 29, 2013
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.