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Rockets Sign Chuck Hayes

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The Houston Rockets tried to bring back Chuck Hayes in the offseason, but an agreement couldn’t be reached and the veteran instead went to training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers. However, Hayes didn’t make the Clippers’ final roster, and the Rockets swooped in and signed him after all. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports the deal is non-guaranteed.

Hayes, 32, spent the first six seasons of his NBA career in Houston, and he had the best year of his career with the Rockets in 2010-11, when he averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game.

Hayes then spent the next two-plus seasons with the Sacramento Kings before moving on to the Toronto Raptors. In 29 games last year with the Raptors, he averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game.

Hayes won’t offer much in terms of on-court production, but he’ll be a veteran voice in the locker room and can be an emergency fill-in when necessary, which is the case currently with Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones nursing injuries. And sometime down the road, Hayes could join the Rockets’ coaching staff.

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