Stein: Spurs interested in Ray Allen, Gustavo Ayon
Free agency is apparently never going to end. A lot of NBA executives are in Spain right now and a lot of them aren’t done making moves. This might include the San Antonio Spurs, who despite having 14 guaranteed roster spots, have expressed interest in two free agents, one of them a pretty high profile foil of the Spurs. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the Spurs have expressed interest in former Hawks, Pelicans, Bucks and Magic big man Gustavo Ayon.
Interesting rumble just dribbled in on eve of FIBA World Cup: Reigning champs San Antonio have registered interest in Mexico’s Gustavo Ayon
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 29, 2014
Stein went on to say the Spurs like both Ayon and Baynes, so maybe there’s a training camp spot brewing, OR, as Jesus Gomez over at Pounding the Rock pointed out, they could sign both with a couple of extra moves. Or we could just combine both players and make a “Ayon Baynes.” Ayon is making the rounds with the Spurs tree. He’s already played for Monty Williams, Jaqcues Vaughn and Mike Budenholzer. That rumor is small potatoes compared to Stein’s next tweet:
One more Spurs rumble with Team USA v Finland now seven hours away: Reigning champs, I’m told, trying to barge into Ray Allen Sweepstakes — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 30, 2014
That’d be a hell of a thing. It’d be the second time late in his career Allen jumped ship to the team that bounced his previous team from the playoffs. It’d also be kind of like the Spurs signing Robert Horry during the summer of 2003 fresh off the Spurs knocking out the Lakers in the second round of the playoffs.
Fit wise, Allen would make sense because he makes open shots. Fit wise he also wouldn’t make a ton of sense because he’d be playing behind at least Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and probably Marco Belinelli. Is that a bad thing? Maybe not, but he’s certainly not a need for the Spurs. Still, it’d be a fun storyline and it’d be nice to keep him away from the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s important to note Allen hasn’t even made a decision on whether to retire or keep playing.