Former Wildcat Hayes Inks Deal with Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) -- Chuck Hayes and the Houston Rockets have reached agreement on a four-year contract to keep the forward in Houston, Hayes' agent said Tuesday.

"I feel good about getting it done, and I'm glad Chuck has some security," agent Calvin Andrews said.

The 6-foot-6 Hayes started 43 games and averaged 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds last season.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Hayes was "a critical component in the Rockets' success last season."

"With this agreement we are thrilled we will have Chuck as part of our core for some time," Morey said in an e-mail to Houston TV station KRIV.

Andrews said he expects Hayes to sign the contract later this week.

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