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Chuck Hayes’ agent says no heart condition, he is cleared to play

Dec 22, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

Chuck Hayes

The representatives for Chuck Hayes — who did not pass his physical with the Sacramento Kings and had rumors swirling of a serious heart condition — say none of that is true.

Hayes has been cleared to play, according to his agent.

Here is the report, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

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.

First and foremost, that is good news for a good player. He’s the kind of hard-nosed player who gets the most out of his gifts that the league could use more of.

Hayes is a free agent again. He had a four-year, $21 million deal with the Kings that the team voided after he didn’t pass his physical, but that deal could be revived. If the Kings are still interested. The Houston Rockets had been the other suitor for Hayes but they just signed Samuel Dalembert so how hard a push will they make? The Spurs and Timberwolves also are reportedly in the mix.

  1. frankiefloss - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Houston needs his D

  2. savvybynature - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Please Spurs this is the type of big man we need! He can pass, plays hard nosed defense and is a great team chemistry guy.

    I don’t think they have a full mid-level exception to offer though unless they amnesty RJ and the amnesty deadline has passed I believe. Can we do a back loaded deal? Next year Duncan’s $21 mill is off the books, and RJ will be amnestied next year after Leonard gets a year to develop.

    Splitter and Hayes would pair nicely I think.

  3. jonirocit - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Kings better sign him if this is true .

  4. goforthanddie - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    From heart condition to “serious” condition to no condition.

  5. davisjosh20 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    As a born and raised UK fan, this is freaking great news! The BBN (Big Blue Nation, for those who don’t know) was worried for, and about you my man! Very happy you are in great health, and able to continue doing what you love!

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