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 The Kings on Wednesday rescinded an offer to free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, but that decision is believed to have been independent of Hayes’ second opinion because it was made before the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28, averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds last season with the Rockets, who signed Dalembert Wednesday after the Kings rescinded their contract offer to him.