HoopsHype Chuck Hayes rumors


December 22, 2011 Updates

Chris Mannix: After undergoing testing at the Cleveland Clinic, Chuck Hayes has been cleared to play. Twitter

Chris Mannix: According to a team of doctors, Hayes does not have a heart problem. Twitter

December 21, 2011 Updates

I am still working for further confirmation, but I have been told by two sources close to the situation that Chuck Hayes was diagnosed with Pericarditis, an inflammation of the sack surrounding the heart that can be life-threatening. The Kings subsequently nullified the veteran forward's four-year, $21 million deal. Hayes, who had been penciled into Paul Westphal's starting lineup, has asked the Kings to refrain from commenting and plans to address the matter himself at a later date. Sacramento Bee

Adelman said he spoke with former Houston center Chuck Hayes, who had his four-year, $21.3 million contract revoked by Sacramento after he failed a physical. Hayes was diagnosed with a heart abnormality. He had signed with Sacramento as a free agent after playing for Adelman in Houston. "He seems to be doing OK, but I know it had to be a blow to him," Adelman said. "He finally gets a good contract, and that happens to him. He never had anything like that in Houston. He's hoping it's minor." St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 20, 2011 Updates

The Rockets on Monday made inquiries about the prognosis of former Rockets forward Chuck Hayes to determine if his medical condition might allow him to be a free-agent option again, a person with knowledge of the talks said. Houston Chronicle

The Kings voided Hayes' $21.3 million, four-year contract on Monday, days after Hayes failed a team physical. The team had announced last week that an abnormality was found during a heart examination. No additional information was made available at Hayes' request. Hayes broke into the league in 2005-06, the season after his predecessor at power forward for the Rockets, Juwan Howard, was sidelined because of a heart condition. With Howard's return uncertain, the Rockets signed Stromile Swift and brought Hayes to camp as an undrafted free agent. Howard recovered, played the next season and is still in the league. Hayes was cut but brought back during the season, his first of six with the Rockets. Hayes is coming off his best season, averaging 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds as the shortest starting center in NBA history. Houston Chronicle

Hayes has undergone further testing on his heart, but specifics about his condition have not been released. Messages left for Hayes' agent Monday were not returned. Monday evening, Hayes posted to his Twitter account, "Thank you everyone for your prayers and support, taking the next step to get healthy and back on the court, much love." Sacramento Bee

December 19, 2011 Updates

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