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Chuck Hayes Could Return To Kings On New Contract After Receiving Clean Bill Of Health

The Sacramento Kings voided Chuck Hayes' newly signed four-year contract, citing a heart issue. Days later, Hayes' agent said that there is no heart issue. The Kings may now sign the big man after all.

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Kings Could Sign Chuck Hayes After Medical Clearance

The Sacramento Kings appear prepared to sign Chuck Hayes just four days after the team voided a four-year deal with the veteran big man, according to multiple reports.

Kings coach Paul Westphal told the media at the team's practice facility on Thursday that Hayes would be travelling back to Sacramento on Friday for unspecified reasons. The Kings' players, though, appeared to believe Hayes would be signing a new contract and joining the team in time for Monday's season opener against the L.A. Lakers.

The Kings had signed Hayes to a four-year, $21.3 million contract on the first day of free agency, but aberrations in Hayes' stress echo test kept the forward out of action. On Monday, the team voided Hayes' contract. On Wednesday, Hayes underwent a spate of tests at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, and on Thursday his agent announced that doctors had cleared him to play.

For more on the Kings, visit Sactown Royalty.

UPDATE: SI.com's Sam Amick reports that Hayes is expected to sign a four-year, $22 million deal with the Kings on Friday.

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Chuck Hayes' Agent Says There Is No Heart Problem, Forward Cleared To Play

Chuck Hayes does not have a heart problem and has been cleared by the renowned Cleveland Clinic to play, the forward's agent Calvin Andrews announced on Thursday. That would be in direct conflict with a Sacramento Kings announcement this week that said Hayes failed a physical. On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin cited anonymous sources who said that Hayes was diagnosed with pericarditis, or enlargement of the sack surrounding the heart.

Whether the Kings will consider signing Hayes after all remains to be seen, though if they do, the decision to void his deal before getting a corroborating exam is mighty curious. Hayes is an unrestricted free agent; he played for the Houston Rockets last season. On Wednesday, the Rockets signed center Samuel Dalembert to replace Hayes; Dalembert played in Sacramento last season and appeared set to re-sign with the team on Wednesday before the Kings announced that they had rescinded their offer.

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