Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
The Hawks claimed forward/center Gustavo Ayon off waivers the team announced Monday. Ayon 6-foot-10 250 pounds was waived by the Bucks last week prior to his $1.5 million salary becoming guaranteed. Ayon played 55 games last season with the Bucks and Magic and averaged 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. “I am very excited to join the Atlanta Hawks” Ayon said in a statement released by the team. “I had a great conversation with Coach (Mike) Budenholzer and can’t wait to get to the city meet my teammates and get to work.” Ayon 28 was acquired by the Bucks on Feb. 21 as part of the trade involving J.J. Redick. He came to the NBA in 2011-12 and played for the Hornets after professional stints in his native Mexico Spain and Venezuela. Ayon (full name pronounced goo-STAH-voh eye-OWN) is just the third Mexican-born player in NBA history following Horacio Llamas and Eduardo Najera. The Hawks have added several players to their frontcourt this season signing free agents Paul Millsap Elton Brand Pero Antic and drafting centers Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala. Neither Nogueira nor Muscala have been signed. The Hawks lost forward Josh Smith and center Zaza Pachulia to free agency. Backup centers Ivan Johnson and Johan Petro are unrestricted free agents.
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