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Hawks claim Gustavo Ayon off waivers

Jul 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Bucks waived Gustavo Ayon a few days ago for reasons unknown, but even a big man with the most basic of skill sets on not much more than a minimum salary deal won’t last on the open market for very long.

Ayon didn’t end up hitting the open market, and was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks, according to multiple reports, including this one from’s Brian Windhorst.

Milwaukee signed former Hawk Zaza Pachulia this summer, so Ayon will replace him somewhere on the depth chart of the Atlanta roster, which is a bit crowded in the front court positions.

First round draft pick Lucas Nogueira is expected to be in place, after there were questions of whether or not he would stay in Europe to continue to develop. A report from says that the Hawks are progressing on buyout negotiations with Nogueira’s Spanish team in order to have him immediately available to start the season.

In addition to already having Al Horford, the Hawks added Paul Millsap and Elton Brand, along with Pero Antic and the aforementioned Nogueira. And now, Ayon, who averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game for the Bucks last season.

  1. casualcommenter - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Nice pickup off waivers.

    Hawks are having a pretty good, very “under-the-radar” offseason.
    Sure, they lost Josh Smith, but they made several nice additions (Millsap and Brand) and kept key guys (Teague, Korver).

    They’re one of very few teams that can play two legitimate, two-way big men at all times. They should be pretty good this year.

  2. ramblingalb - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Avon mentioned often last season he should be playing more, and then would follow it up by saying, “But I don’t have any control over that.” He also said he hoped his option would not be picked up so he could play in Spain. Minor troubles to be sure, but I just don’t feel the Bucks wanted a guy who did not want to be there and was known to be unhappy with limited minutes.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Dammit Lakers, you blew your chance!

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