HoopsHype Gustavo Ayon rumors

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Power forward Gustavo Ayon worked out with the Bucks coaches on the Cousins Center floor Tuesday. Ayon, who was part of the February trade deadline deal with Orlando that brought J.J. Redick to Milwaukee, said he will be part of the Bucks' summer league squad in Las Vegas next month. The 28-year-old from Fuenlabrada, Mexico hopes the Bucks will pick up the $1.5 million option on his contract, a team option with a July deadline. "It's a great opportunity for me and for the coaches to watch my game," Ayon said of the summer league, which runs from July 12-22. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Despite speculation surrounding his future in the NBA, Gustavo Ayon expects the Milwaukee Bucks to pick up the team option on his contract for next season and is looking forward to returning, his agent Emilio Duran told RealGM. The Bucks traded for Ayon in the deal that brought them J.J. Redick, and the organization insisted that the Orlando Magic include Ayon. From the start, the Bucks have let Ayon and his agent know that playing time would be scarce this season, but they would prioritize him long-term. “Gustavo likes Milwaukee, he just really wants to help the team and as far as we’ve been indicated he will be with the Bucks next season,” Duran said. “He wants to keep getting better there and help out.” RealGM

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“I’m excited to play," Ayon said. “I’m excited to play basketball regardless of the location. It is my passion. Last season was amazing for me, I was playing (in New Orleans) and things were going well but this season has been terrible for me. “Without stability and regular playing time I find it hard to motivate myself. I want to be playing, not sitting on the bench. If in a year my contract runs out and I am not playing here I would return to Europe.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"What I see so far is a guy who is a physical player, with very good basketball skills," Boylan said. "He kind of has a feel for the game and sees the action coming. "He's a good passer. I haven't had enough practice time with him to really get up and scrimmage and see what's going on, to have a totally confident feeling to give you an evaluation of him. "But what I see so far I really like. I think he's a good piece for our team in the future. This year, just given the circumstances, the trade came at midseason and we have a lot of guys at that position (power forward). Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Gustavo Ayón is making progress in his recovery from a contusion in his right leg, but the Orlando Magic big man sat out his sixth consecutive game when the Magic hosted the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. In a video in Spanish posted on the team's website, Ayón said, "Overall, I'm feeling better. But I'm going to wait some days, until I feel like I'm back 100 percent. I am not going to risk being out for another two weeks just to avoid missing one game." Orlando Sentinel

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