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