Feb 12, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Atlanta Hawks forward-center Gustavo Ayon (14) comes down with the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
With their front court in need of some depth, the San Antonio Spurs expressed interested in Mexico center Gustavo Ayon. It really isn’t a surprise. Free agent Australian native Aron Baynes still has not reached any sort of agreement with the Spurs to come back. Getting the 29-year old Ayon, who helped Mexico to the FIBA quadrennial championship for the first time in 40 years, would bring vital front court help behind the trio of Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter.
Ayon played in Atlanta last season for the Hawks but suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out all but 26 games. Though typically a bench man, the Mexico-native has shown an ability to step up when asked. He scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors in February. The security blanket he would offer the aging Duncan would be considerable.
No decision is expected to be made until the World Cup ends though. Ayon and Mexico, ironically, are about to play Baynes and Australia in Group D action of the qualifier rounds. Whomever loses that contest could actually determine the outcome of contract negotiations for the Spurs.
Snaring a deceptively good talent like Ayon would be yet another quiet gem for the San Antonio Spurs already formidable roster.