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.