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It’s official: Kings to sign Chuck Hayes. Again.

Dec 23, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

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UPDATE 9:05 am: It’s official, the Kings have reached terms with Chuck Hayes, who is back with the team.

The important thing in all this is that Hayes is healthy, that whatever the issue was could be treated and dealt with. Now we can  get back to watching him ball and seeing how he pairs with DeMarcus Cousins.

1:35 am: The Kings had agreed to pay Chuck Hayes $21 million over four years to provide some of the steady play and defense they were lacking along their front line.

Then he didn’t pass his physical due to a heart condition (rumored to be Pericarditis), and the contract was cancelled. It seemed like he would be sidelined for a season.

However, after some further tests and treatment, Hayes was cleared to play. And it looks like he will be back in Sacramento — for a little more money.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has the details, saying Hayes would will be in SacTown Friday.

Chuck Hayes has been cleared to play after the Kings voided his contract because of concerns about his heart, according to his agent, and the free-agent big man is expected to sign a four-year deal worth about $22 million to return to Sacramento.

A source close to the situation said the Kings offered about $1 million more than they had in the previous agreement…

That would be a raise. Which Hayes will accept.

Hayes is a great fit for the Kings, a hard working, old-school pro who will provide some of the discipline the young Kings could use. We’ll see if it rubs off.

We’re not going to wish a serious physical condition on anyone, but it worked out financially for Hayes. And he’s worth the extra money for Kings. Easily.

  1. davisjosh20 - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    I posted on the update about his condition/non-condition posted yesterday, and again, as a born and raised UK fan, I can speak for the entire BBN when I say this, BIG time congrats Chuck! We were all worried about, and for you sir. And we are VERY happy all the tests came back as a big fat negative, and you can continue to do what you love, and continue to make us in the BBN very very proud to call you a Wildcat! Thank you for your time here, and for showing the world what it truly means to be a Wildcat! We wish nothing but great things for you, and yours, as you play out your dreams in the NBA. Have a wonderful holiday, and season. This is all coming from someone who all but lost his faith in the NBA, but when it comes to Wildcats (not ex-Wildcats, you will always be an important part of the family), I always watch and keep watch.

  2. jonirocit - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    This is a great holiday gift for all of us kings fans . Hope we keep our kings and they are looking better by the day . Hayes is really gonna do well now that he is back home in the valley and the kings are one step closer to being back! The only way Sacramento is going to survive is if they win so that these prima donnas err star players will come is to sac or lose to get another high pick . If they lose I doubt they will have enough time to build from the draft.

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