Hawks Add Two Bigs -- Gustavo Ayon and Pero Antic

Hawks Add Two Bigs -- Gustavo Ayon and Pero Antic

Postby JSM on Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:42 pm

Brian Windhorst of ESPN wrote:The Atlanta Hawks have claimed center Gustavo Ayon off waivers, sources told ESPN.com.

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Ayon last week before his $1.5 million salary became guaranteed. The Hawks will pick up the 6-foot-10 Mexican's salary, which now becomes guaranteed.

The Hawks and Bucks have been involved in a series of transactions involving each other this summer. The Bucks signed Hawks' restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague to an $8 million per season offer sheet, which the Hawks matched. The Bucks also signed Hawks backup center Zaza Pachulia to a three-year, $15 million deal earlier this month.

Ayon, who averaged 3.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 55 games with the Bucks and Orlando Magic last season, will essentially replace Pachulia.

In February, the Bucks and Hawks had extensive trade talks involving Josh Smith but ended up not making a deal.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote:According to the agent for Pero Antic, the European power forward/center has agreed to a two-year contract with the Hawks. Misko Raznatovic stated the news on Twitter Wednesday.

The Hawks have not announced the signing as there are likely details that must be finalized. According to Raznatovic, the second year of the deal is an option.

Antic, 6-foot-11, 260 pounds, played in the Greek League the past two seasons. He helped Olympiacos to consecutive Euroleague championships.

A native of present-day Macedonia, Antic has played professionally since 1999 in his home country, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia.

Antic, who turns 31 Monday, served as captain of the Macedonia national team that reached the semifinals of EuroBasket 2011.

In the Euroleague, Antic played in 31 games (four starts) and averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18 minutes.

If Antic is signed it most likely means that unrestricted free agent Ivan Johnson will not return. The Hawks have shown intersted in bringing Johnson back however they have made several moves this offseason to bolster their frontcourt. Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Antic would be guaranteed contracts. The team also has second-year forward Mike Scott on a non-guaranteed contract. and yet-to-be-signed draftees Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala.
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