The Milwaukee Bucks waived Ayon on Friday despite recently picking up his $1.5 million team option for the 2013-14 season. Ayon played 12 games for the Bucks last season, coming over from the Orlando Magic along with J.J. Redick and Ish Smith. Ayon averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game for Milwaukee.
Ayon had his most productive year in the NBA in his rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets. The 28-year-old averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game that year, and he even got 24 starts.
Claiming Ayon adds even more depth to a quite crowded Hawks frontcourt. Besides adding Ayon, Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Pero Antic via free agency, Atlanta also drafted big men Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala. Bringing in Ayon could further signal that Nogueira may not be joining the team this upcoming season.