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Rockets sign veteran Chuck Hayes, bring back fan favorite

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Late in July there were reports that Chuck Hayes had reached a deal to return to the Rockets. But that never became reality, Hayes ended up complicating the Rockets’ tax situation, and they wanted to make sure rookie forward Montrezl Harrell was being developed. Hayes went to camp with the Clippers but they waived him. It was thought he might head into coaching.

Maybe down the line, but right now the Rockets need him — they announced they have signed Hayes. This is a non-guaranteed deal, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

He’s here just to provide depth with Terrence Jones missing time with an eye issue and Donatas Motiejunas still out with back problems. They want another body at the four in the short term, but Hayes may not stick for the season.

Hayes spent the first six years of his NBA career in Houston doing all the dirty work — giving them good defense in the post, strength on the glass, and hustle everywhere on the court. At age 32 some of that is starting to slip (as was evidenced last season in Toronto), but he can provide depth, and he’s great in the locker room. It’s a solid short-term fit.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports says if Hayes is waived he may consider coaching for the Rockets. That’s where his future lies, but for now he wants to keep playing.

Rajon Rondo tried to tug down Wes Johnson’s shorts from the bench

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This isn’t exactly J.R. Smith untying guys shoes at the free throw line, but it certainly is distracting.

Watch this Vine, posted online by @ColeyMick, showing the Kings’ Rajon Rondo on the bench reaching out and gently tugging at the Clippers’ Wesley Johnson‘s shorts during play.

This wasn’t a full “going for the pantsing” tug, but it is distracting. I think it’s funny, too.

Plenty of little stuff like this has gone on for decades (and longer) on the court, but in an age of every game being broadcast, combined with social media, we see more of it now than ever. I don’t expect the league will fine Rondo for this, more likely he gets a call saying “if you do this again…” and then they wait and see.

The Clippers beat the Kings 114-109 behind 37 points from Blake Griffin. Rondo had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, plus eight assists to lead the Kings.

Pelicans’ Kendrick Perkins out indefinitely with a right pectoral injury

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The Pelicans are going to have to add another wing to their training room with all these injuries.

Backup big man Kendrick Perkins will be “out indefinitely with a right pectoral injury” the Pelicans announced Sunday.

The injury happened just 90 seconds into the game, when Perkins reached out to foul Golden State’s Festus Ezeli, who was going up for the dunk. It was a hard, smart foul but the force of it left Perkins injured.

He had played in all three Pelicans games so far — all losses, two of those to Golden State — and with him out Omer Asik will be asked to play more minutes sooner than expected coming off his calf strain (Saturday was his first game back).

The Pelicans are without Tyreke Evans, Norris Cole, Quincy Pondexter, and now Perkins; also Asik and Jrue Holiday are on a minutes limit. The combination of injuries and a very tough schedule have the Pelicans off to a slow start.

LeBron dresses as Prince for Halloween, performs at party (VIDEO)

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There’s a little bit of a height difference between LeBron James and Prince. Their builds are not exactly the same, as well.

But LeBron went as an extra-large version of the rock icon to the Cavaliers Halloween party — and he even performed Purple Rain (hat tip Eye on Basketball).

How about “When Doves Cry.”

LeBron may have won the night, but Kevin Love as Jackie Moon rocked, as did Iman Shumpert.

Playa Shit Nukka!!! Me & my lady lollipop

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Jimmer Fredette taken second in D-League draft by Westchester

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Jimmer Fredette will try to resurrect his NBA career from Westchester.

The Westchester Knicks — an affiliate of the New York Knicks — selected Fredette with the No. 2 pick in the D-League draft on Saturday. Fredette will have to make the roster through training camp, although that seems likely (especially considering his marketing draw). He will join a Westchester team with Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Darnell Jackson, J.R. Inman and others.

The No. 1 pick was former Spur power forward Jeff Ayres, taken by Idaho.

Fredette had been invited to Spurs training camp this season, which seemed a great landing spot because they have rejuvenated the careers of shooters before. However, he did not make the cut on the deep, veteran roster. Rather than chase a larger paycheck in Europe, he decided to go the D-League route.

A former lottery pick, through Fredette’s four-year NBA career he has struggled to find a role. Some of his wounds were self-inflicted — he turned off coaches and scouts by saying he should have the ball in his hands (like college), but he lacks the playmaking skills or athleticism to create shots at the NBA level. He was slow to adapt to an NBA game. However, the biggest issue has been defense — he struggles mightily on that end of the floor.

Maybe he can show improvement and prove his doubters wrong at the D-League level, earning another chance at the NBA level. Guys who can shoot are always in demand. But Fredette has a lot of work to do before NBA teams turn back to him as an option.

Former Thunder player Perry Jones III went third in the draft, followed by Cartier Martin, both selected by Iowa.