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Chuck Hayes cleared to play

Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:01 pm
Free agent Chuck Hayes, whose four-year deal with the Kings was voided after he failed the team's physical, has been absolved of any heart issues by the renowned Cleveland Clinic, his agents said Thursday.

Hayes underwent "a full day of exhaustive testing and exams" Wednesday, directed by Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, according to a statement released by agent Calvin Andrews of BDA Sports. On Thursday morning, doctors informed Hayes that "he does not have a heart problem" and that "their recommendation is that he can continue to play basketball without any concerns," the statement said.

"I am happy to say I have a healthy heart and have been cleared to play immediately," Hayes said. "I look forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible."

Hayes' preference is to revisit the deal to play for Sacramento, according to a person familiar with his thinking. The Kings on Wednesday rescinded an offer to free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, but that decision is believed to have been independent of Hayes' second opinion because it was made before the final results were known, a source said.

Kings GM Geoff Petrie did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hayes' updated medical condition. Petrie is said to have been distraught over Hayes' initial diagnosis, calling it "one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life."

Hayes' $21 million contract was the second deal voided due to the discovery of a heart condition during the NBA's abbreviated free-agent signing period. Celtics restricted free agent Jeff Green signed a one-year, $9 million deal with Boston but had the deal voided when his physical turned up an aortic aneurysm requiring season-ending surgery.

Hayes, 28, averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds last season with the Rockets, who signed Dalembert Wednesday after the Kings rescinded their contract offer to him. 

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:51 pm

Chuck Hayes cleared to play

Good to hear the Chuck Wagon is healthy and can play again. I am going to miss watching him in Houston, but I am glad he gets to play the game again.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:33 pm

Chuck Hayes cleared to play

This poor guys probably been so scared this past week and half thinking he had a bad heart, not only that but he thought he lost 21 million dollars, he obviously was more upset about the heart then the money but having had both thnese things happen to you at once had to have been devastating. If i was him id be pissed at the kings for A: Having their doctor falsly diagnoise him with a condition he didnt have and B: That they voided his contract before he could get a second opinion, id be so pissed yet so glad to be alive that i would take less money to play for a contending team because id have realized from my health scare that lifes to short to waste it chasing the money and playing for a team that wont be contending this season.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:58 pm

Chuck Hayes cleared to play

I liked how Petrie described his decision about Hayes heart condition as "heartbreaking."

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:43 pm

Chuck Hayes cleared to play

Seriously? Nobody thought, "Hey, let's make sure this problem is legit before we make a $21 million dollar decision?" Unbelievable. Glad he's cleared to play. That's a devastating, scary moment when you get told that your heart isn't working properly. 

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