Report: Bucks pick up Gustavo Ayon’s option

Gustavo Ayón will be returning to the Bucks next year, according to reports (Photo: JS Online)

The Bucks have picked up their team option on forward Gustavo Ayónaccording to several reports from Mexican media outlets. The 28-year-old Mexican native will make $1.5 million over the one-year option.

Ayón, who was acquired with Ish Smith and JJ Redick in the deadline trade that send Tobias Harris to Orlando, averaged 13.1 minutes, 4.3 points, and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Bucks in 2013. While he didn’t show as much defensive skill as many of the Bucks’ other big men, Ayón showed glimpses of offensive ability, especially as a passer, in limited playing time.

This move represents the first small step in clarifying the Bucks’ roster situation in advance of the June 27 draft. Ayón is the sixth power forward/center under contract with the Bucks for ’13-14, joining Larry Sanders, Ersan IlyasovaJohn HensonDrew Gooden, and Ekpe Udoh. It’s a safe bet that the team won’t begin next season with all of those forwards and this could be the precursor to other moves as the Bucks attempt to balance out their forward-heavy roster.

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  1. Richard Franklin

    “Just do whatever you can to lose, free up Boo!! Golden. If they just wanted to throw away some money, they should have asked me, my mom (almost 70), or my 3 year old son. It would be so cool to see Bruiserwicz in a Bucks uniform

  2. I’m a hopeless bucks fan, since the days of Marques Johnson, Sid, Paul Pressey, Bob Lanier, those were the days…stay true…

  3. kenneth springer

    Could be great value at 1.5mil- some passing ability and softer touch with the ball in paint near rim. Have to believe Bucks WANT to take that matchup advavntage when it presents itself.


  4. Definitely a bargain here. I would be willing to pay 2 or 3 million to have a capable backup to Sanders and Henson.