Click here to Skip to main content

Kings void Hayes' contract after failed physical

Posted Dec 19 2011 3:58PM - Updated Dec 19 2011 4:27PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings voided Chuck Hayes' $21.3 million, four-year contract Monday, saying the forward-center failed a team physical that forced his release.

Kings general manager Geoff Petrie said in a statement Monday that informing Hayes his deal had been voided was "one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life." He said Hayes asked the team to refrain from any further comment.

The team announced last week that a heart exam on the new Kings big man showed an abnormality that would require further testing. That came days after the former Houston Rockets forward-center signed a contract with Sacramento.

Hayes, now 28, averaged 3.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17 minutes per game in six seasons with the Rockets. He attended Sacramento's media day Thursday and appeared fine, joking around with several teammates, but was held out of the team's preseason opener at Golden State on Saturday night.

Hayes' situation is the second time in the last week that a medical exam on an NBA player revealed cause for concern.

Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and will miss the entire season. Green was scheduled for an operation on Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors told him the operation "should completely repair Green's condition and that he can expect to resume his NBA career next season," the Celtics said in a news release Saturday.

An aortic aneurysm, which is more common in older people, is a ballooning of the wall of the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A person may show no symptoms from the aneurysm; but if it ruptures, it is likely to be fatal if not repaired immediately.

Specifics of Hayes' condition have not been released.

The Kings only announced last week that a stress echocardiogram test revealed an abnormality. A call and email seeking comment from Hayes' agent, Calvin Andrews, were not immediately returned.

Hayes' release leaves a void in Sacramento's starting lineup and opens the possibility of a return by Samuel Dalembert, a free agent center who played with the Kings last season. Dalembert averaged 5.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17 minutes per game last season.

Sacramento hosts its second and final preseason game Tuesday night against the Warriors. The Los Angeles Lakers visit Sacramento for the Kings' regular-season opener Dec. 26.

photoChandler With A Putback
J.J. Barea misses the running floater but fortunately Tyson Chandler is there for the put back.
photoBrewer For Three!
James Hardens drives and finds Corey Brewer in the corner for his third three-pointer of the night.
photoHarden Splits The Trap
James Harden splits the defense and drives for the one-handed slam.
photoEllis For Three At The Buzzer
Monta Ellis comes down court and pulls up for a three-pointer to beat the third quarter buzzer.
photoCapela With The Oop
Josh Smith finds Clint Capela on the baseline for the backdoor alley-oop

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.