Kings Waive Nigel Hayes

The Kings have placed the contract of forward Nigel Hayes on waivers, reports James Ham of NBC Sports California. Hayes’ deal was non-guaranteed until January 10, so the Kings will not be on the hook for any of Hayes’ salary, nor will the team incur a cap hit.

Hayes, who was scheduled to earn $1.38MM this season, was a casualty of the Kings’ offer sheet to Zach LaVine. To clear the required $19.5MM in cap space to fit LaVine’s offer, the Kings were also forced to renounce their rights to Vince Carter and Bruno Caboclo, whose combined cap holds totaled nearly $17MM.

It’s also likely that the acquisition of Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles’ expected return from injury made Hayes expendable; however, per Ham, Hayes remains a member of the Kings’ Las Vegas Summer League team. Accordingly, Sacramento may still plan to bring him back at a later date.

Hayes, 23, played nine games during his rookie season in 2017/18, where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game.

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6 thoughts on “Kings Waive Nigel Hayes

  1. lilpartialbaldo

    imagine making it to the highest level in your profession and having to live in Sacramento.

    • mcmillankmm

      Could be worse, at least Sacramento has some warm weather….you could be stuck playing in Detroit or for a team like the Knicks

      • GuruGray

        Plus that minimum in Manhattan isn’t so great. Taking the 7 train from Queens or a bus over from Newark

  2. julyn82001

    Sacramento is a great city and with the kind of money these basketball players make they can live happily ever after…

  3. cesc

    Totally agree with mcmillankmm, Sacramento is way better than many of those drab cities from the northeast, you can have a very nice life & culture in Sacramento, & if they get it right they can even compete one day, look I still remember the time when they almost made it to the finals, so it can be done in Sacramento. Things look good there with MBIII, Giles, Labissiere, Hield… I think they will only get better.

    • GuruGray

      The 3 bigs basically play the same position. Why not mention the dude who starts ahead of Hield (Bogdanovic) or DeAaron Fox?

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