Chuck Hayes Fails Physical with Kings, Loses Contract

Sam CooperCorrespondent IIIDecember 19, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Chuck Hayes #44 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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NBA center/forward Chuck Hayes has now gone from finding a long-term multi-million dollar contract to being without a job and having a heart condition. It is unclear whether he will need surgery or treatment to continue his NBA career. 

In the wake of Jeff Green's discovered enlarged aorta last week, we can only hope that Hayes is in a less serious and dangerous situation. Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 season due to his condition. 

Kings GM Geoff Petrie made a statement this morning. 

"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 Chuck’s request, we will have no further comment at this time."

Hayes has been held off of the practice court since abnormalities were detected in a stress echo test last week, and Hayes has continued to have tests run until today's announcement. 

On the first day of free agency, Hayes signed a four-year, $21 million deal that will now be voided due to the failed physical.

Hayes, 28, has played all six of his NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets. He has put up career averages of 4.4 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. He was expected to get solid minutes after joining the Kings and a front line that also includes J.J Hickson, DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw. He can provide defense and is very consistent, and the Kings need both.

This will likely mean that the Kings will search for another member to join their front line. They may very likely start bidding for Samuel Dalembert.