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Report: Spurs interested in Mexico’s Gustavo Ayon

Aug 29, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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Gustavo Ayon has played for four teams in his three NBA seasons, and finished last year as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. His numbers were underwhelming, but size is always given multiple chances at the professional level. So, even at 29 years of age, his 6’10” frame was always going to continue to get some serious looks.

Ayon currently only has offers to play overseas next season, but he will be playing for Mexico in the FIBA World Cup which begins on Friday. A strong showing there could generate some newfound NBA interest, although one team reportedly has seen enough, to the point where adding Ayon for next season may be a real possibility.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Interesting rumble just dribbled in on eve of FIBA World Cup: Reigning champs San Antonio have registered interest in Mexico’s Gustavo Ayon

Spurs, I’m told, still determined to re-sign Aussie C Aron Baynes but also like Mexico’s Ayon, who’s among top free agents in FIBA World Cup

Baynes averaged 9.3 minutes per game in 54 regular season appearances for San Antonio last year, and appeared in 14 playoff games as well, where he averaged 7.2 minutes per contest.

If San Antonio believes Ayon could be an upgrade for some or all of those minutes, they may take a chance on him. And, it’s worth noting that it would be very Spurs-like to snatch him up before he has a chance to have even a single breakout performance in international play over the next couple of weeks.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    C’mon Spurs! Give him a chance! Somebody, anybody, but yes especially the Spurs!

    This guy is a very good bench rotation player, he should not be out of work. He needs to make someone’s roster. I wish it was the Lakers.

    • goraidersgospurs - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      did you have to much candy today? a little hyper i see!!!

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Lol! It’s just Ayon to me is like Lin to Asians.

        I’m of Mexican heritage and since there are no more Mexicans currently left in the league you can see why he’s so important to me!

  2. succulentnipples - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Big John Football enjoys spending time in Mexico.

  3. campcouch - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    The mere mention of Ayon and Spurs will get other teams interested. Good pub even if they don’t sign him.

  4. elcapitanfiscal - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    As a Mavs fan, I’m just glad they ended up not getting Paul Gasol after all those rumors.

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