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Hawks pick up F/C Ayon

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The Atlanta Hawks were awarded forward/center Gustavo Ayon on a waiver claim Monday, the team announced.

Ayon, 28, averaged 3.7 points on 55.1 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.4 minutes over 55 games with the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks last season. He was waived by Milwaukee last week.

"Gustavo has a high basketball IQ and is a hard-nosed player," general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. "He gives us quality depth at the power forward and center positions."

Ayon spent his rookie season in 2011-12 with the New Orleans Hornets. He is only the third Mexican-born player in NBA history, following Horacio Llamas and Eduardo Najera. He also played professionally in Mexico, Venezuela and Spain.

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