Just days after the Sacramento Kings voided their contract with free agent big man Chuck Hayes due to a failed physical, the acclaimed Cleveland Clinic has cleared him of any heart problems, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
Hayes was found by Kings doctors to have a heart condition, but after spending most of Wednesday with "a full day of exhaustive testing and exams" by Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, he was completely absolved from of heart conditions and can return to basketball immediately.
In a statement released by Hayes' agent Calvin Andrews Thursday morning, doctors told Hayes that "he does not have a heart problem" and that "their recommendation is that he can continue to play basketball without any concerns." Hayes was understandably excited about the news:
"I am happy to say I have a healthy heart and have been cleared to play immediately," Hayes said. "I look forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible."
According to a person close to Hayes, his preference is to play with Sacramento, and now without Samuel Dalembert, Hayes would be a better fit with the Kings now than he was before.
Hayes, 28, scored and average of 7.9 points and grabbed 8.1 rebounds in 74 games with the Houston Rockets last season.
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