My heart sunk a bit when Chuck Hayes, who played for Houston last season, signed a deal with the Sacramento Kings. Here’s some screwy NBA math that shouldn’t add up but does:
Chuck Hayes is 6’6″.
Chuck Hayes plays CENTER.
Granted, Center is not an ideal position for a 6’6″ guy, but look at his numbers: Last season, he started 63 games, played in 74. Averaged 8 ppg/8 rpg in 27 minutes a night. The year before (09-10), he STARTED all 82 games. AT CENTER. This was the year Yao was lost for the whole season. They finished just over .500 that year.
If you watched Chuck Hayes play for Houston, you understand how he does it. Draws charges. Doesn’t give up on plays. Good passer. Plays defense. He could win a Memphis Grizzlies award for “Most Grit & Grind Player Not Playing at FedEx Forum.”
So even though my heart sunk when he signed with the Kings, it sunk even more when the Kings voided his contract because he failed the physical, apparently with heart issues. Obviously wanted him to be healthy and, you know, LIVE — even if he couldn’t play basketball anymore.
Well guess what: Hayes’ doctors are saying he CAN play basketball. They’ve cleared him to play with NO issues whatsoever.
Don’t know if he’ll be asking for the same 4 year/$21 million he got in Sacto. My hunch is that he’ll now have to negotiate contracts under the shadow of failing that physical, which might mean he can be had for less. But if I’m Chris Wallace, I’m calling Hayes’ agent. STAT.
What do you think, fans? Would Chuck Hayes fit with the Grizz? Could he fill in for Darrell and back up Marc? Post below . . .