Since new ownership and management groups assumed control of the Kings, Chuck Hayes' name has surfaced in trade rumors and the Kings have added another power forward (Carl Landry) to a group that already included Hayes, Jason Thompson, and Patrick Patterson. As such, it's no surprise that Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com hears from a source close to Hayes that the veteran forward woudn't be opposed to a change of scenery.
Haynes reports that Hayes would welcome a deal if it puts him with the right team and in the right situation, but cautions that the 30-year-old would also have no issue returning to Sacramento for the coming season. Hayes has about $11.68MM left on the remaining two years of his contract, including a $5.72MM salary for 2013/14, so moving him could create a little flexibility both this year and next for the Kings.
Still, it may not be easy finding a taker for Hayes unless he's packaged with a more attractive asset such as Jimmer Fredette. Since signing a lucrative four-year deal with the Kings in December 2011, Hayes has averaged just 2.9 PPG and 4.2 RPG to go along with a 9.9 PER in 128 contests.