You won’t believe this, but the Los Angeles Clippers signed another big man who had reportedly agreed to terms with a Texas team.
C Chuck Hayes, who spent most of the past two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, is coming to the Clippers. He had agreed to a deal with his original NBA team, the Houston Rockets in late July:
The Rockets deal with PF Chuck Hayes is for a partial guaranteed minimum.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 30, 2015
But that deal with the Rockets fell through:
Free agent forward Chuck Hayes will not be signing with the Rockets as expected, his agent Calvin Andrews tells Yahoo pic.twitter.com/ClMbFJZyZm
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 27, 2015
So now, Hayes is coming to the Clippers, albeit on a deal that does not guarantee his roster spot:
Can confirms @SpearsNBAYahoo report on Clippers’ agreement with Chuck Hayes. I’m told 1-year deal is not fully guaranteed.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) August 31, 2015
That’s a good thing, because while Hayes would be a solid veteran presence in the locker room, it’s unclear if Hayes has anything left at age 32.
Hayes played a career-low 255 minutes in 2014-2015, appearing in only 29 games. When the Raptors were lying down to Paul Pierce and the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs, Hayes never saw the court. Hayes didn’t play 20 minutes all of last season, and he totaled 26 points and 27 rebounds in the ten games where he saw at least ten minutes.
Hayes went undrafted in 2005 after four years at Kentucky, and eventually hooked up with the Rockets, debuting in January 2006. Hayes stuck with the Rockets for six seasons, peaking in 2010-2011 with 7.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game in 74 appearances (63 starts).
Hayes signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings after the 2011 lockout, although the deal was postponed due to a heart scare. Hayes would start the first nine games of the 2011-2012 season, but injured his shoulder on January 5, 2012. Hayes has only started two games since then.
Right now, Hayes is penciled in as the fifth big man, behind starters Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and free agent acquisitions Josh Smith and Cole Aldrich. From an intangibles standpoint, Hayes would be a nice fit with this team. But no one can definitively say that Hayes will be an asset on the floor at this time.
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