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Report: Terrence Jones returning for Rockets, who waive Chuck Hayes

Terrence Jones, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye

Terrence Jones, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye


Chuck Hayes surprisingly got another stint with the Rockets.

But his seventh season with Houston lasted just about a week.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Houston Rockets released forward Chuck Hayes on Sunday, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

The waiving of Hayes clears the way for Houston forward Terrence Jones to return on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Guard Patrick Beverley will be back on Wednesday, too, a source said.

Hayes was fine as a fill-in player, but the Rockets are clearly better with Jones, who was dealing with a lacerated eyelid. They’ll be even better once an injured Donatas Motiejunas makes his season debut.

But the Rockets didn’t want Hayes for depth in interim, because they’re hard-capped. Just Jones is enough. Hayes’ contract was fully unguaranteed, so the sooner they get him off the books, the more flexibility they’ll have going forward – though it’s still a small amount.