Lucas Nogueira likely to play overseas after Hawks sign Gustavo Ayon

Mike Stobe

The Atlanta Hawks picked up forward Gustavo Ayon on waivers and now have a frontcourt deep enough to allow their first-round pick to develop overseas.

With little more than a weight-training regimen on his plate next season, Atlanta Hawks first-round draft pick Lucas Nogueira will "most likely" return to Spain to develop with more playing time, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore.

Vivlamore reports that the Hawks' waiver pickup of forward Gustavo Ayon made it an easy choice to allow Nogueira to return to Spain. The addition makes it hard to see Nogueira finding playing time next season. Atlanta added free agent power forward Paul Millsap to go with All-Star center Al Horford, and the team also added free agents Elton Brand and Pero Antic before grabbing Ayon, who was waived from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Nogueira has maintained he'd be fine staying in the United States and said it would give him the best opportunity to build upon his thin 7'0 frame.

In the Las Vegas Summer League, the Brazilian big man displayed flashes of his potential and averaged 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 21 minutes per game.

More from SB Nation:

Kenny Anderson reveals being sexually abused

The Dwight Howard Effect

Luis Scola traded to Pacers | Ziller: Pacers may be East’s best

What cap space and exceptions do teams have left?

The top 61 rookies at NBA Summer League

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.