On Friday night, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the San Antonio Spurs were interested in signing center Gustavo Ayon, who most recently played for the Atlanta Hawks. The Spurs are trying to retain Aron Baynes, but if those negotiations do not work out, Ayon seems to be the backup plan, and he is certainly a solid option to fill out San Antonio’s 15-man roster.
Ayon has jumped around the league in his brief NBA stint, appearing for four different teams already. The Spurs are an organization known to turn around the careers of players who are well-traveled around the league. That fact makes San Antonio’s situation very appealing as the Spurs could possibly resurrect his career.
Ayon has the physical frame to compete at the NBA level. Although he has only played in limited minutes in the league, his per 36 numbers reveal that he has potential to be a solid role player if given the time. Last season, he averaged 9.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per 36 minutes for the Hawks.
Ayon, who is currently in Brazil for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, will play for the Mexican National Team. Ayon demonstrated a unique ability last year to lead his national team, averaging 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds on 58 percent shooting from the field in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The Spurs are most likely trying to gain a commitment from Ayon before FIBA World Cup play ramps up, avoiding the risk that Ayon becomes a hot commodity during the tournament.
Whether the Spurs choose to retain Baynes or sign Ayon, San Antonio will be solidifying their frontcourt. As usual, other NBA teams will be soon be reminded that the Spurs found themselves another diamond in the rough.