Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tells Kings fans to expect a hard-nosed, hard-working, elite one-on-one defender in Chuck Hayes. He says the Rockets did want to retain Hayes, and had the potential salary flexibility to do so, but the Kings’ offer was too flattering to leave on the table after the Rockets asked him to wait. Jonathan also talks about the infamously-nixed Chris Paul trade that would have helped execute the Rockets’ long-term plan.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 02: Chuck Hayes #44 of the Houston Rockets prepares to shoot a free throw against the Utah Jazz during a game at the EnergySolutions Arena on February 02, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)Chuck Hayes with the Houston Rockets last season. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/Getty Images)