NBA Free Agency 2011: Chuck Hayes Signs With Sacramento Kings

The Houston Rockets have gotten yeoman's work from Chuck Hayes at the center position for years, with an injured Yao Ming routinely giving way to the undersized Hayes. That will not the case in 2011-12, as Hayes has signed a free agent with the Sacramento Kings.

Hayes averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in just over 28 minutes per game in 2011, and his departure leaves the Rockets with a huge hole inside: Jordan Hill and Hasheem Thabeet are the only other centers left on Houston's roster.

Fortunately, neither is likely to be the Rockets' opening day starter at center. Houston is expected to pursue free agent big man Nene in free agency, and was on the verge of receiving Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers before the Chris Paul mega-deal was nixed on Thursday.

For more on NBA free agency, see SB Nation's 2011 NBA free agency StoryStream and the 2011 NBA free agency hub; for more on the Rockets, make sure to check out The Dream Shake.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.