Kings forced to void Hayes' contract


Kings forward-center Chuck Hayes, who was diagnosed with a heart abnormality last week, had his contracted voided by the team on Monday after he failed his physical exam.

General manager Geoff Petrie released the following statement, distributed by Sacramento's media relations department:

This morning, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life, Chuck Hayes was notified that he failed his physical exam with the Sacramento Kings. Subsequent to that, the contract signed on December 9th has been voided. At Chucks request, we will have no further comment at this time.

Hayes had recently signed a four-year, 21.3 million contract. He averaged 3.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17 minutes per game in six seasons with the Rockets. Last season the former Kentucky standout averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in 74 games.

The Kings open the regular season Dec. 26 against the Lakers.

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