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Rockets Ink Chuck Hayes to 10-day Contract, Lucas Re-signed
Official Press Release

HOUSTON, Jan. 18 Houston Rockets General Manager Carroll Dawson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Chuck Hayes to a 10-day contract, as well as signing guard John Lucas, III to a second 10-day contract. The Rockets roster again stands at 16 players after receiving another special exception from the NBA due to injuries.

Hayes (6-6, Kentucky) originally signed with Houston as a rookie free agent on Oct. 3. He averaged 0.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in four preseason games with the Rockets before being waived on Oct. 25. Hayes was then selected sixth overall in the 2005 NBA D-League Draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. In 14 games (13 starts) with Albuquerque, Hayes has averaged 11.6 points and a league-leading 12.2 rebounds per game.

The former Kentucky standout also helped Houston to a 5-0 record at the 2005 Minnesota Summer League, averaging 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in five games. He finished his collegiate career at Kentucky ranked 35 th in scoring (1,211 points), seventh in rebounding (910), ninth in blocks (128), eighth in steals (170) and 16 th in assists (292) in school history. Hayes also started 110 consecutive games, tying the school record set by Alex Groza from 1946-49. While at Kentucky, Hayes won two SEC Championships and two SEC Tournament titles. He also helped UK to three NCAA Sweet 16 finishes and two NCAA Elite Eights. As a senior, Hayes was named consensus First-Team All-SEC and league Defensive Player of the Year. Hayes also became the first player since Sam Bowie (1980-81, 84) to lead UK in rebounding in three seasons, and the first since Dan Issel (1968-70) to do so in three consecutive years.

Lucas (5-11, Oklahoma State) is averaging 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in seven games with the Rockets. He was signed to his first 10-day contract on Jan. 8.