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Chuck Hayes fails physical with Kings, contract voided

Dec 19, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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In the wake of what happened with Jeff Green of the Celtics last week, we can only hope that this isn’t as serious or at least is as treatable.

In a surprise move the Sacramento Kings have voided the free agent contract of Chuck Hayes, the team announced, as reported by He had abnormalities appear on a stress test last week and further tests were ordered, according to the Sacramento Bee at the time.

Here is the statement from Kings GM Geoff Petrie.

“This morning, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life, Chuck Hayes was notified that he failed his physical exam with the Sacramento Kings. Subsequent to that, the contract signed on December 9th has been voided. At Chuck’s request, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Hayes had just signed a four-year, $21 million deal with the Kings (it can be voided because he never passed his physical). He would have provided defense and consistency to a front line that needs both.

We don’t know if this is the same enlarged aorta situation Green is dealing with in Boston. That is something where he will have surgery but can return to the NBA (Ronny Turiaf and others have rebounded from the same surgery).

Hopefully it is nothing more serious. Hayes was an easy guy to root for because he got the most out of his talent and brought real effort every night. Hope to see him back in the league as soon as his body allows it.

This also means the Kings are in the mix for another member of their front line. There may be a little Samuel Dalembert bidding war about to begin (Houston is in that mix, too).

  1. dolfan66r - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I hope everything works out for Chuck. He has always been a class act and has always had a great ethic. He was great at UK and has gotten the most out of his talent.

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Good to see them catching more of this sort of thing. Ball ain’t worth dying for.

  3. genericcommenter - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Just curious- Since these guys aren’t under contract and are unemployed, how do they pay for heart surgery and related treatment? COBRA? Self-“insure”? I know they made a lot of money before, but that stuff can add up, even for millionaires.

  4. glink123 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    interesting. statistically speaking, the odds of a person contracting one of these heart-related abnormalities has to be 1-in-100,000, if not higher. Yet we’ve seen 5 in the NBA in the past couple seasons. Can you say “HGH-related disease” boys and girls? I knew that you could.

    • illegalblues - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      i don’t know about that. these are some seriously tall men. there are plenty of diseases that affect the heart for super tall people.

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