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Chuck Hayes on verge of deal to join Sacramento Kings

Dec 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

Chuck Hayes

The Sacramento Kings may just have lined up some good post defense.

The Kings have made a four year, $20 million offer to the free agent forward who played his entire career for the Rockets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. What’s more, it looks like Hayes will take the deal.

The Kings will have a pretty crowded front court, with DeMarcus Cousins (more of a four/five), J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson, but Hayes brings far more consistent play and better defense than any of the other guys. Hayes is a good rebounder, a good passer and a fairly efficient shooter who gave the Rockets 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds a game last season. But really, you want him for his defense.

Hayes grew up in Modesto, a town in California’s farming community not that far from Sacramento.

There is still time for another team to best that offer, but not by much if at all. And it might not be worth it if Hayes wants to return to his roots.

  1. leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    One of my favorite players in the league. Hard to imagine Hayes getting 4 years $20 when guys like Andray Blatche and Nick Young will / do command double. I will never understand the NBA contract. On another note altogether, what is going on in Houston? Analytics lover’s dream team is losing several of their low usage, high efficient players to very low contracts left and right. Im very interested in seeing what Guru Daryl Morey has up his sleeve for the upcoming season.

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