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