Well, that certainly didn’t take long.
It appears Bucks forward Gustavo Ayon, who was an extra piece in the J.J. Redick trade, is already disgruntled about his time in Milwaukee. According to an interview by Cadena SER, which was translated in part by HoopsHype, Ayon is frustrated that he’s not in the rotation and would “love” to join FC Barcelona in Spain after next season.
Ayon didn’t hold back his thoughts about the lack of playing time he’s received since arriving in Milwaukee. From HoopsHype:
Here [in Milwaukee] it’s gotten to the point of being asked, ‘Hey, what can you do?’ I’m like, ‘You can watch tape and you see can what I can or I can’t do.’
You realize you’re not taken into consideration. You are compared to guys that are just filling out the roster and I’m not one of those.
Although Ayon is a serviceable big man — who would probably garner 10 to 15 minutes off the bench from most NBA teams — there aren’t many minutes left to go around with Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, Ekpe Udoh, Samuel Dalembert and John Henson all entrenched in the frontcourt rotation. Since joining the Bucks, Ayon has only appeared in two of Milwaukee’s eight games, totaling 18 minutes.
Ayon saw his first significant action with the Bucks last night against the Sacramento Kings. He scored 12 points on 6-9 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and collected two steals in 12 first-half minutes. Ayon only played two minutes in the third quarter before picking up a couple quick fouls, after which he didn’t return to the game.
It’s unclear whether Cadena SER conducted the interview prior to or after last night’s game. Regardless, it will be interesting to see if Bucks coach Jim Boylan finds more opportunities for Ayon going forward after his strong words and performance. With so much depth — and Boylan’s curious decision to play Gooden nine ineffective minutes last night — it doesn’t look too promising.
Ayon, 27, also mentioned that he’s interested in playing for FC Barcelona down the line, which is somewhat problematic given that he’s still technically under contract next season.
FC Barcelona has not reached out to me. But if it was up to me, if it was my call, we would have talked already. Since it’s basically not up to me, I don’t want to cause them any harm by telling them I could go there. If the situation continues like this this season and the following one, I would love to go over there.
The Bucks hold a team option on Ayon’s $1.5 million contract for the 2013-14 season.
Predictably, malcontent feelings seem to thrive on teams that have a disproportional roster (read: power forward logjam) filled with average talent. Over the past few seasons, the Bucks have had no shortage of players publicly displaying their displeasure, including, but not limited to (click the players’ names for the details):
- Damon Jones
- Roko Ukic
- Corey Maggette
- Ersan Ilyasova
- Stephen Jackson
- Andrew Bogut
- Beno Udrih
- Samuel Dalembert
- Brandon Jennings
Now, another name can be added to that ever-growing list.