Jeff Pendergraph hit free agency this July and inked a two-year deal with the Spurs, but the player who showed up in San Antonio this fall no longer goes by that name. The former Pacer legally changed his name to Jeff Ayres last month, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
The 26-year-old was born Jeff Orcutt, his mother's maiden name, and assumed the last name Pendergraph in elementary school when she married. That stepfather hasn't been in the picture since the Spurs forward was in high school, which eventually inspired him to assume the surname of his biological father, James Ayres.
As noted above, Ayres signed a two-year contract with the Spurs this offseason, so we shouldn't expect to hear any trade or free agency rumors involving him anytime soon. But when we refer to him going forward, it'll be by his new name. If you're looking for our archive on Ayres, you'll be able to find it at a new URL: hoopsrumors.com/jeff-ayres.