Good news for Chuck Hayes, and maybe for the Kings -- the free agent big man was cleared of any heart problems by the renowned Cleveland Clinic, according to a report by CBS Sports. The Kings announced Thursday night that they had reached an agreement in principle with Hayes on a multi-year contract.
Hayes and the Kings previously agreed upon a four-year, 21 million deal, but when he failed the team's physical, the contract was void.
Doctors told Hayes Thursday morning that "he does not have a heart problem" and that "their recommendation is that he can continue to play basketball without any concerns."
Hayes, 28, averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 boards per game last season with Houston. He is known for his tough interior defense, which Sacramento could use after renouncing the rights to center Samuel Dalembert earlier this month. Interestingly enough, Dalembert just signed with the Rockets.
The Kings frontcourt already boasts DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson and newly-acquired Travis Outlaw.
"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."
Jack Cooley must have made a good impression on the Kings during the recently completed Las Vegas Summer League.
The former Notre Dame will sign a two-way contract with Sacramento, a league source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com's James Ham.
Cooley averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 64 percent over five games during Summer League action.
Cooley had other offers from teams overseas, but is hoping for another shot in the NBA.
Undrafted in 2013, Cooley's only NBA action came with Utah during the 2014-15 season. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 16 games.
News of a deal was first reported by 2ways10days.com's Chris Reichert.
SACRAMENTO -- The one that got away.
News broke Friday afternoon of another player move from the Sacramento Kings. A transaction 22 years in the making was finally completed when according to a published report, the Kings renounced the rights to 6-foot-7 Serbian, Dejan Bodiroga.
The now 44-year-old wing has been retired since 2007. He’s known around the basketball circles as one of the greatest European players to never to come to the NBA.
Drafted by Geoff Petrie with the 51st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Sacramento tried multiple times to get the sharpshooter to come to the states. It was always a longshot, but after selecting Corliss Williamson and Tyus Edney with his first two selections, Petrie took a late-round gamble.
Bodiroga has a trophy case full of awards, including a Spanish League MVP, a FIBA World Cup MVP and a Greek League MVP. He also won championships in the Italian, Greek and Spanish Leagues, as well as silver medal in the 1996 Olympic games.
He is also on the list of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors along with fellow Serbian and current Sacramento Kings General Manager, Vlade Divac.
Kings fans reacted on Twitter to the news in standard fashion: