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Bucks waive big man Gustavo Ayon

Jul 25, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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There was a time, not that long ago, when the Bucks were of the belief that they should retain big man Gustavo Ayon for next season.

Back in June, they reportedly decided to pick up his $1.5 million option.

A month later, however, before the contract was set to become fully guaranteed, the team has changed its mind.

From Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The Milwaukee Bucks announced Thursday they have waived 6-foot-10 forward Gustavo Ayon, who was the only active Mexican-born player in the NBA.

The Bucks released Ayon prior to a Friday deadline that would have guaranteed his $1.5 million salary for next season.

Ayon came to Milwaukee in the midseason deal that brought J.J. Redick to the Bucks for what turned out to be less than half a season.

The Bucks have some depth with their frontcourt players — Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia (who the team signed to a three-year deal this offseason), and first round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo are all in place on the roster.

Ayon figured to be a decent big man option worth developing at an affordable price, but the Milwaukee front office obviously felt otherwise. He appeared in 12 games for the Bucks last season, and averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game.

  1. scottheis82 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    The Pelicans should swoop down and pick him back up.

    • dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Pelicans… Swoop down…. I like it lol

    • 24thesho - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      The Pelicans should change that dumb ass name.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Lakers get on the phone and contact this man’s agent ASAP!!! I would LOVE for him to come to Los Angeles! Our offseason would be complete! DO IT MITCH

  3. jacobknicks - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I remember not too long ago when everyone touted him having the highest PER in the game

  4. milkcan44 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    So they gave up Tobias Harris, and all they get back is Ish. Brilliant (and paniced) move to make the playoffs, then get blown out in 4 games.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      Yes, all they got was Ish in return when all was said and done. <You can read that two different ways and it would still be true!!

  5. rvidxrklvn - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Smh our only player now gone, we cannot ball

  6. 407magic - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    @ maltliquor ….. Lmao! Ayon is the only guy in the league slower than Pau gasol. Good luck with that if lakers sign him.

  7. 13arod - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Ayon is good he wont be on the free agent market for long

  8. 13arod - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Ayon is good he wont be on the free agent market for long

  9. abqpacker - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Dang, I was really looking forward to him opening a Pollos Hermanos in Milw.

  10. bougin89 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Zaza Pachulia 3 years 15 million. Why not go with a younger, cheaper option that you already had on the roster. What is the plan here, Hammond?

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