A number of Mexican media outlets are reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks have exercised their team option for Gustavo Ayón for the 2013-14 season. Ayón will reportedly make $1.5 million.
Ayón, 28, completed his second season in the NBA in Milwaukee after a midseason trade in February that saw the Bucks send out Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih to Orlando while bringing back Ayón, Ish Smith, and J.J. Redick.
Ayón averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 12 regular-season games with the Bucks. He also played in three of the Bucks’ four postseason games against Miami.
All in all, it’s a sensible move for the Bucks given the relatively small size of his contract. Even if Ayón can’t measure up to the defensive standard of other Bucks’ big men like Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh, Ayón showed flashes of offensive skill — especially on the baseline — and quickly established himself as the best pick-setter in the Bucks rotation.