Gustavo Ayón: “Vamos Hawks!”

Monday, July 29, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

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The Hawks announced Monday that they have claimed 6’10” power forward Gustavo Ayón off waivers from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ayón, a 28-year-old Mexican-born player, has played two seasons in the NBA.  Even though his minutes have been limited, he averaged 4.8 points per game on 54 percent shooting, including a stellar rookie season in New Orleans in which he finished in the top 10 among rookies in field goal percentage, rebounding, blocked shots and steals.

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

To clarify, a waiver claim is not the same as a signing.  Anyone who gets released by a team is put on waivers for 48 hours.  Teams under the salary cap are allowed to put claims on those players if those teams want to take on the player’s contract as is.  Atlanta was awarded Ayón, though no details were given on how many, if any, other teams put in claims.

Atlanta’s frontcourt is becoming very crowded.  Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Elton Brand, Pero Antić and Mike Scott are signed.  Ayón has been claimed, and Lucas Nogueira is another option should the Hawks decide to sign the first-round draft pick.  The training camp competition for the power forward and center spots should be a fun one.

“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!”

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