Kings close to locking up Chuck Hayes?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Chuck Hayes has been toiling for the Houston Rockets for six seasons and now appears ready to move on. The word from ESPN is that the 6-6, 238-pounder has been offered a four-year, $20 million contract by the Sacramento Kings and the team feels he'll accept it.

Fox Sports Houston has it that Hayes would like to return to the Rockets but doesn't want to wait while the team sorts out all of its other free-agent possibilities.

"I talked to [Rockets general manager] Daryl Morey tonight and they need more time," said Hayes' agent, Calvin Andrews, on Wednesday, according to Fox. "So they are asking us for more time. I don't know if Chuck can give them more time beyond tomorrow morning probably. I think tomorrow is D-Day."

Hayes averaged 7.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 28:06 minutes per game last season.

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