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Hayes’s contract voided after failed physical

Associated Press / December 20, 2011
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The Sacramento Kings voided Chuck Hayes’s $21.3 million, four-year contract yesterday, saying the forward-center failed a team physical that forced his release.

Kings general manager Geoff Petrie said in a statement that informing Hayes his deal had been voided was “one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life.’’ He said Hayes asked the team to refrain from any further comment.

The team announced last week that a heart exam on the new Kings big man showed an abnormality that would require further testing. That came days after the former Houston Rockets forward-center signed a contract with Sacramento.

Hayes, 28, averaged 3.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17 minutes per game in six seasons with the Rockets. He attended Sacramento’s media day Thursday and appeared fine, joking around with several teammates, but was held out of the team’s preseason opener at Golden State Saturday night.

Specifics of Hayes’s condition have not been released.

The Kings only announced last week that a stress echocardiogram test revealed an abnormality. A call and e-mail seeking comment from Hayes’s agent, Calvin Andrews, were not immediately returned.

Afflalo to stay in Denver

The Nuggets have agreed to a five-year deal with restricted free agent Arron Afflalo. The Denver Post first reported the guard had agreed to a contract that could be worth up to $43 million. Nuggets coach George Karl was preaching the importance of bringing back Afflalo, the player he considered the “glue guy’’ of the team . . . In a rare and wide-ranging discussion with reporters, billionaire Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen shot down recent talk that he wants to put the Blazers on the market in the near future. “I have no plans to sell the team,’’ he declared. Allen would not, however, say how long he expects to keep the Blazers. He says numerous factors would play into that decision, including his health. The co-founder of Microsoft was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy in 2009, but was declared cancer-free late last year . . . Antonio McDyess, 37, was waived by the Spurs, clearing a path to retirement for the 17-year NBA veteran. McDyess indicated at the end of last season that his playing days were over, but San Antonio didn’t rule out his return after the lockout ended. The move clears $2.6 million from the team payroll.

Bobcats add Biyombo

Forward Bismack Biyombo signed a rookie contract with the Bobcats hours after agreeing to pay a buyout clause to release him from his contract with Spanish club Fuenlabrada. Terms of his new deal were not disclosed. Meanwhile, the Bobcats acquired 7-foot center Byron Mullens from Oklahoma City in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick . . . Former UConn star Kemba Walker opened his NBA career with a solid performance, shaking off a slow start to score a game-high 18 points - including the go-ahead layup- to lift the Bobcats to a 79-77 win over the Hawks in an exhibition game in Charlotte, N.C. . . . Free agent Nick Young signed a one-year contract to return to the Wizards. The shooting guard led Washington in scoring last season with a career-high 17.4 points per game, more than doubling the 8.6 he averaged in the 2009-10 season . . . The Warriors completed a trade sending forward Lou Amundson to the Pacers in exchange for guard Brandon Rush.

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