4:51pm: NBA veterans Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III met recently with Sixers coach Brett Brown in Philadelphia, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports (Twitter link). Philadelphia has been seeking to add veteran leadership to its roster, and had previously been talking to Elton Brand and Shane Battier, as TNT’s David Aldridge reported, though it’s unclear if the franchise was considering adding Brand and Battier as players, coaches or front office execs. The team seems likely to be considering Hayes and Lucas for on-court roles, though that is merely my speculation. The Sixers currently have the league-maximum 15 players on their roster, meaning any addition would require a corresponding move.
Hayes, 32, was reportedly going to sign with the Rockets over the summer, but a deal fell through in late August, leading him to join the Clippers for the preseason. The Clips let him go in late October, but shortly after the regular season began, the Rockets circled back and signed him, though he lasted only a week in Houston before again hitting waivers. He received assistant coaching interest from several teams amid this back-and-forth, including from the Rockets, but he’s reportedly wanted to continue his playing career. Hayes played last season in Toronto, averaging 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games.
Lucas was in training camp with the Heat this season and was among the franchise’s final cuts. He failed to impress in preseason action, going scoreless in roughly 16 minutes during his lone appearance, dishing out one assist and committing one turnover. The 33-year-old made 21 appearances for the Pistons during the 2014/15 campaign, averaging 4.7 points and 2.9 assists in 13.0 minutes per contest.