HoopsHype Chuck Hayes rumors

December 22, 2011 Updates

After the Kings finished practice today, they reacted to the news. Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal wouldn’t comment on questions about the medical tests and said Hayes is scheduled to return to Sacramento tomorrow. The assumption from the players who addressed media today (Jimmer Fredette, John Salmons and Marcus Thornton) was that Hayes will be back in a Kings uniform. Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie declined to speak with media on the matter. Cowbell Kingdom

Free agent Chuck Hayes, whose four-year deal with the Kings was voided after he failed the team's physical, has been absolved of any heart issues by the renowned Cleveland Clinic, his agents said Thursday. Hayes underwent "a full day of exhaustive testing and exams" Wednesday, directed by Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, according to a statement released by agent Calvin Andrews of BDA Sports. On Thursday morning, doctors informed Hayes that "he does not have a heart problem" and that "their recommendation is that he can continue to play basketball without any concerns," the statement said. "I am happy to say I have a healthy heart and have been cleared to play immediately," Hayes said. "I look forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible." CBSSports.com

Hayes' preference is to revisit the deal to play for Sacramento, according to a person familiar with his thinking. The Kings on Wednesday rescinded an offer to free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, but that decision is believed to have been independent of Hayes' second opinion because it was made before the final results were known, a source said. Kings GM Geoff Petrie did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hayes' updated medical condition. Petrie is said to have been distraught over Hayes' initial diagnosis, calling it "one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life." CBSSports.com

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