Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Boogie may be getting a new front court running mate in Sacramento. Adrian Wojnarowski and his ridiculously hard to spell last name had this to say about Chuck’s NBA future:
The Sacramento Kings have emerged as a frontrunner to sign Rockets free-agent forward Chuck Hayes, league sources said. Sacramento had wanted to sign Hayes to a lucrative one-year deal to keep cap space for the summer of 2012, but could come back with the kind of multiyear offer now needed to acquire him. For Hayes, a native of nearby Modesto in Northern California, it would be a unique chance to return home.
UK fans (along with the entire country of China) have been Houston Rockets supporters for a while now, but it seems the Rockets may shop both Hayes and former Cat Patrick Patterson before the season.Chuck’s agent says that he’d prefer to stay in Houston, but he’d be willing to accept an offer without waiting for the Rockets if it was lucrative enough. Despite averaging around eight points, eight rebounds and three assists per game last season, Houston is looking for a new starting center to replace him. Other teams interested in Hayes are the Portland Trailblazers, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors.
If you didn’t already root for the Kings with DeMarcus, consider this your opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. While it’s unlikely that an NBA team is going to wise up and assemble an entire roster of former UK players, Sacramento is at least making an effort. Good on you, Kings.