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Gustavo Ayon & Spain?


Orlando Magic center Gustavo Ayon could become a free agent at the end of the season.

The Magic will likely keep Ayon, but the Mexican center could choose to play in Spain instead.

“I would be proud if I could return to Spain and go back to a team like Real Madrid or Barcelona. I prefer Madrid because I know the city better,” Ayon told Marca.com.

Of course, much like Fran Vazquez uses the NBA for leverage in Spain, Ayon could be using Spain for leverage in the NBA.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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  • joe

    Orlando has a team option on him next season, he will not be a free agent. His contract and skill set make him impossible for the Magic to release him after this season. You need to get your facts straight before you write some pointless, misleading article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DiegoZamora89 Diego Zamora Giraldo

    I´m from spain. Ayon is a Player who rumors take to Real Madrid several times over the past summer. Real Madrid is looking for a Center and can pay him at least 1.5 M € Free Taxes. As Magic fan i tought that he can be a good fit for Orlando, he play well in Hornets. We have some spots in the paint, we should try him.

  • macdaddymojo

    Not only is he a restricted FA, he is under contract until June 2014, seriously, check the contract before saying he is an unrestricted FA next summer.