2014 NBA Free Agency: Hawks pass on qualifying offer for Gustavo Ayon

Jonathan Daniel

As expected, the Atlanta Hawks did not issue a qualifying offer to Gustavo Ayon by Monday's deadline thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Atlanta Hawks handed out a pair of qualifying offers on Monday but elected not to give one to center Gustavo Ayon per a league source. A qualifying offer for Ayon would have carried a cap charge of over $1.8 million. That would have been a lot for a player who appeared in just 26 games due to shoulder and ankle injuries last season.

The Hawks originally acquired Ayon by claiming him off of waivers last summer from the Milwaukee Bucks. Ayon made 14 starts for the Hawks and averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

The Hawks have a number of bodies in the front court including Al Horford who is expected to be fully recovered from a torn pectoral when training camp opens. Atlanta also has Pero Antic and Mike Muscala currently on the roster. Elton Brand is an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Hawks have reportedly shown interest in bringing him back.

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