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Houston Rockets sign Chuck Hayes

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

He’s back, for real this time…

Former Kentucky Wildcat Chuck Hayes is officially back with the Houston Rockets after Rocket’s General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent center.  Hayes will reportedly don #44 again.

Back in the summer, it looked like the Rockets would sign the veteran big man to a one-year-contract, but the deal fell through due to financial considerations and a lack of roster flexibility according to Haye’s agent.

It seems like Hayes and the Rockets have finally come to an agreement, just in time too, as the Rocket’s roster is plagued with injuries including fellow former Wildcat, Terrence Jones, and Donatas Montejunas. Hayes might fill in as a backup power forward until either Jones or Montejunas can return.

Hayes (6-6, 240) was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft but signed with Houston during 2005-06 and spent his first six seasons with the Rockets.  He then played two-plus seasons with Sacramento until being traded to Toronto in December of 2013.  Hayes appeared in 29 games for the Raptors last season and was with the L.A. Clippers in training camp and preseason this year.

In 642 career games with 244 starts across 10 NBA seasons, Hayes has averaged 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.4 minutes per game while shooting 49.8% from the floor.

Article written by Ricki Barker

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5 Comments for Houston Rockets sign Chuck Hayes

  1. Uk basketball fan
    11:48 am November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Thank you for writing about something besides stupid pathetic football

  2. The Loco Pollo
    11:59 am November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Good for the Chuckwagon. He’s had an impressive career for a (very) undersized post player.

  3. John Ellis
    12:29 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    The epitome of the team player, and Tubby’s era. When he had that stupid sex scandal I remember being at the airport the morning he was to leave for his NBA tryout, and no one would look at him sitting there. I smiled at him and gave him a thumbs up, and he smiled back. Had Rondo not been so typically selfish in the overtime against Michigan State, he would have gotten the Final Four he richly deserved. He should have his jersey retired. Two overall #1 top seeded tournament teams were built on him.

    • Alex
      8:35 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      It wasn’t Rondo being ‘typically selfish’ (really stupid comment, seeing as he’s led the NBA in assists multiple times, and has multiple games of 20 assists, clueless) that lost that game. Rondo only took 8 shots in that game,and he had as many rebounds as Hayes, their leading rebounder and a power forward not a little pg like Rondo, and 3 steals. It was more Hayes not staying out of foul trouble and not getting more rebounds, and Azubuike shooting a lame 2-6 when he’s their best shooter. Also, Crawford, another shooting guard, was only 2-8.

  4. spookykim
    8:42 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    That’s wonderful! Good for him, & I’m sure that he loves being back in Houston! Congrats!