The Kings have signed Chuck Hayes to a four-year contract worth just over 21 million, according to a league source.
Hayes averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds last season in Houston, both career highs.
After going undrafted out of Kentucky in 2005, the Houston Rockets signed Hayes from the NBA Developmental League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds in January, 2006.
Hayes finished out the '05-'06 season in Houston, and had his second-year option picked up as well.
Following the '06-'07 season, the Rockets rewarded Hayes with a four-year deal worth close to 8 million.
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The six-year NBA veteran is highly regarded as a top interior defender, despite being undersized at 6'6".
He played his prep ball at Modesto Christian High School, 75 miles southeast of Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.
Hayes joins a very young, yet very talented front court in DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson, and Hassan Whiteside.
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Drama. The Sacramento Kings have done their best to avoid the non-basketball related issues that often come with the NBA game, but they’ll walk into someone else’s firestorm Monday night in Phoenix.
The Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson just three games into the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Phoenix has dropped all three contests, including a 48-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on opening night and a 42-point defeat at the hands of the Clippers on Saturday.
Before the firing, veteran point guard tweeted out a message that has since gone viral.
Whether Bledsoe was referring to Watson or his impending release is unknown at this time.
Watson leaves with a 33-85 record in parts of three seasons with the Suns. He took over for Jeff Hornacek midway through the 2015-16 season. According to Wojnarowski, Suns ownership and management is currently meeting with the team’s assistant coaches and Jay Triano is likely to be named interim head coach.
The Kings head to Phoenix Monday to take on the Suns. It looks like If it were up to Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, he wouldn't be playing the Kings or anyone else with his current team.
On Sunday, Bledsoe let out his frustration with the following tweet:
The Suns fell to 0-3 on Saturday after getting crushed by the Clippers, 130-88, Sunday in Los Angeles. They are losing by an average of 30.7 points as their defense is allowing 128.7 points per game.
With the ball in their hands, the Suns' offense isn't much better, averaging a pedestrian 98 points per game.
Former teammate DeAndre Jordan chimed in on Twitter after Bledsoe's tweet too. Bledsoe spent his first three years in the NBA with Jordan on the Clippers.
Bledsoe, 28, is averaging 15.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in the young season. Over his eight-year career, Bledsoe has put up averages of 13.1 points and 4.6 assists per game.