Clippers Sign Chuck Hayes To One-Year Deal

7:37pm: The signing is official, according to the team’s website.

5:00pm: The deal is not fully guaranteed, reports Dan Woike of the Orange County Register (on Twitter).

4:39pm: The Clippers and Chuck Hayes have reached agreement on a one-year deal, a source told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). Hayes was set to sign with the Rockets, but that deal fell apart last week. It’ll have to be for the minimum salary, since that’s all the Clippers can give. The deal between Houston and Hayes was reportedly for the minimum with a partial guarantee, though the level of the guarantee on the latest deal for the Calvin Andrews client is unclear. Andrews has nonetheless confirmed the existence of the Clippers deal to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston (Twitter link).

Several teams had expressed interest in Hayes for coaching or front office jobs, but still only 32, he was focused on continuing his career as a player, as Andrews said last week. Hayes has a chance to keep playing with the Clippers after putting up career lows across the board, including in minutes per game, with the Raptors this past season. Still, at only 6’6″, the undersized center has performed well on the boards during his 10-year career, pulling down 8.1 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game for the Rockets in 2010/11.

The deal with Hayes would appear to complicate the team’s reported talks with Glen Davis and Ryan Hollins, and perhaps its apparent interest in Chris Singleton, too. The Clippers have been carrying 14 fully guaranteed contracts, as our roster count shows, so that leaves room for only one more player on the regular season roster.

Whom should the Clippers carry as their 15th man? Hayes, Davis, Hollins, Singleton or somebody else? Leave a comment to chime in.

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23 thoughts on “Clippers Sign Chuck Hayes To One-Year Deal

  1. Donny

    Ryan Hollins he’s a 7″0 footer that can run the floor get rebounds and block shoots. No brainer. If someone gets hurt u have a better chance to compete with him.

    • Coach FuGate

      there are better 7’ers in the D League if you just need a 7′ dude who can run okay…his blocks and caroms have never been of note, not in the pros anyway— You know Chuck Hayes MUST “have something” going on for him to be ABLE to play CENTER in the NBA at 6’6″– and a STARTER on many occasions

    • Coach FuGate

      I DO like me some BIG BABY, but does he ever play Center? NO, he most always is a PF… do we want another PF or Center or even a SF? that’s the only question

  2. I think the question is “what’s going to happen to Jamal Crawford?”

    The player in this spot will only play if someone gets hurt. I’d rather have Hayes than Davis just for teaching ability and presence in practice.But if they trade Crawford, there’s a chance Davis ends up on this team, too.

    CJ Wilcox might be moved, too. I have no idea what’s up with him since he didn’t really see the floor at all last year.

  3. Coach FuGate

    Chris H has it exactly right!!! He had to start in place of Yao Ming for 75% of of the season– that’s right a starting Center at 6’6″, and did an admirable job for the Rockets… IT’S COOL to have a 6’6″ CENTER… kind of like when “Truck” Robinson dominated the boards as a 6’6″ PF in the day—- ALWAYS REBOUNDS STRONG and will get you 15 boards in a game if you tell him he needs to

  4. Dana Gauruder

    Veteran coaches always value those veteran big men who can fill in when an injury strikes.

  5. The Jamal Crawford issue still has to be settled. Right now, for PF/C, LA has DeAndre, Aldrich, Griffin, Josh Smith, Branden Dawsen, and Hayes. I think they could use another PF, for sure. Unless they have a lot of faith in Dawsen.

  6. Daniel

    Baby Davis, he’s the perfect fit and has a lot of heart. We love him in LA and belongs on a multi year contract. Played big minutes off the bench in the playoffs and has the chemistry.

  7. Mp6pack

    Davis easily. He at least has passion. Not sure what Hayes brings to the table or what the clippers hope to get

    • victheclip

      Anything is better than the fat baby he is lucky if he could jump over a newspaper on a good day

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