HoopsHype Chuck Hayes rumors

January 5, 2012 Updates
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"I've known him since '09 when he was going into his freshman year [at Kentucky]," Hayes said. "He's a tremendous talent. Maybe it takes a couple more years for him to get it or for him to figure out this game and how he can best dominate this game. "But right now, the guy -- as good as he is talented, that's how much he is emotional. He'll show everything. And in this game, you have to have short-term memory. Learn to forget about it and move on. ... I've talked to [Cousins] so many times on the practice court, in the games, during the middle of the game, just so he doesn't have an outburst, just so his mood and his spirits will stay up and he'll see the brighter picture." SI.com

“He’s family,” said Kings guard Marcus Thornton, who found the supposed request alarming. “He’s part of the team. That’s why I say after this is all over with, I’m going to give him a call and see what’s going on.” The starting center’s status remains up-in-the air for the Kings upcoming road trip to Memphis and Denver. However, veteran big man and recent free agent acquisition Chuck Hayes is optimistic Cousins will return. “I believe he’ll come around,” said Hayes, who’s taken it upon himself to mentor the young center this season. “He’s a competitor, he wants to play, he loves his game. I’m sure it’s eating him up that he’s at home and he has to sit there and watch instead of competing with his teammates. But that’s a decision that the office and the coaching staff, they’ll all have to come up with. And us as pros, we’re going to have to just go out there and perform.” Cowbell Kingdom

December 25, 2011 Updates

Kings forward/center Chuck Hayes made his return to Sacramento on Friday night, concluding an emotional eight day roller coaster. "It feels good, it's been a long week," Hayes said, speaking exclusively to News10 at the Sacramento International Airport as he arrived from his home in Houston. "I'm just happy I'm here and happy I'm healthy." news10.net

"It was a weird chain of events - just finishing Media Day (on Thursday), getting through the day, I was excited to scrimmage in front of the fans (that night)," Hayes said. "They hit me with the news and every day after that was just, like bad news until Thursday morning. "I was more scared because I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what was wrong with me. The doctors said the found some dysfunctional abnormality in my heart, but I felt fine." news10.net

December 24, 2011 Updates

Kings forward/center Chuck Hayes made his return to Sacramento on Friday night, concluding an emotional eight day rollercoaster. "It feels good, it's been a long week," Hayes said, speaking exclusively to News10 at the Sacramento International Airport as he arrived from his home in Houston. "I'm just happy I'm here and happy I'm healthy." Hayes was met at the airport by Kings Assistant General Manager Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who greeted him with a hug. news10.net

The 28-year-old Modesto native agreed in principal on Thursday night to renew his contract with the Kings - a four year, $22.3 million deal. On Dec. 15, the Kings medical staff discovered a heart abnormality from his physical. Last Monday, the team voided his initial four year, $21.3 million contract signed on Dec. 9. "It was a weird chain of events - just finishing Media Day (on Thursday), getting through the day, I was excited to scrimmage in front of the fans (that night)," Hayes said. "They hit me with the news and every day after that was just, like bad news until Thursday morning. "I was more scared because I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what was wrong with me. The doctors said the found some dysfunctional abnormality in my heart, but I felt fine." news10.net

Geoff Petrie: "It is a profound pleasure to announce the signing of Chuck Hayes to a new multi-year contract. Chuck’s abilities and potential contribution have been previously described in great detail and remain unchanged. There is a much larger human story contained in the ongoing series of events which have encompassed the last eight days that go beyond basketball. It should be embraced. Some undoubtedly will seek to find some element of failure in this. There is no failure here. Chuck’s story and return has been so much more about caring, support, hope, faith, prayer, and a livable redemption. These values represent a larger part of the oxygen of life. The travails and then the triumph of the human spirit is what transpired here. There should be inspiration in this for everyone, especially at this time of the year. In closing, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday with their families, friends, and loved ones, and to all a good night." NBA.com

December 23, 2011 Updates

Free agent big man Chuck Hayes has agreed to sign a four-year, $22.3 million to return to Sacramento, his agent told SI.com. Hayes had his four-year, $21 million deal voided by the Kings on Monday when tests revealed an abnormality in his heart, yet he was cleared to play on Thursday morning after seeking a second opinion. According to a source close to the situation, teams can only void contracts based on a failed physical for six days after it is signed. The Kings had taken the safe route for fear that Hayes' heart problem would prove to be problematic, but are clearly thrilled he's back. "He's scheduled to come back to Sacramento tomorrow," Westphal told reporters on Thursday. "We're just so overwhelmingly happy that the second opinions are so positive. Primarily we're happy for Chuck, but we're also happy for his family and ourselves." Kings assistant coach Bobby Jackson tweeted to Hayes, "Big dawg glad your [sic] back with us, was praying for you." SI.com

The Sacramento Kings tonight have reached an agreement in principle with free agent center/forward Chuck Hayes to a multi-year contract, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. NBA.com

Hayes' agent, Calvin Andrews, was contacted by Minnesota, Memphis, Toronto, Houston and San Antonio about Hayes. "I want to make it clear there were never any bad feelings between Chuck and the Kings," Hayes said in a statement. "We understood the process and their medical staff had to take the necessary precautions when it came to seeing any abnormalities of the heart. We are thrilled that this was resolved so quickly, and really appreciate the opportunity that the Kings staff and the Maloof family have given Chuck." Sacramento Bee

December 22, 2011 Updates

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