On Tuesday, the Atlanta Hawks announced that backup power forward Gustavo Ayon will miss one to two months after injuring his right shoulder in the Hawks' preseason opener on Monday night.
As reported by Ben Golliver of Si.com through the Associated Press, an MRI on Gustavo's shoulder revealed a strain to the rotator cuff which will require rest, treatment and rehabilitation which will keep him sidelined for 4 to 8 weeks.
Should Ayon miss four weeks, he will only miss the first five games of the regular season. But an eight week absence would keep him out until early December and cause him to miss nearly a quarter of the season.
Gustavo was claimed off waivers this summer after being released by Milwaukee. He played well during the summer and was named MVP of the FIBA Americas tournament after he led Mexico to the gold medal.
With Ayon out of the lineup, the Hawks will have to rely on reserves James Johnson, Mike Scott, and Pero Antic, or a combination of those three, to back up starters Al Hoford and Paul Millsap.
Gustavo is with his fourth team since entering the NBA in 2011. He previous played for the New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks. He has appeared in 109 career games and is averaging 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game.
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