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Houston Rockets Waive Chuck Hayes as Jones and Beverley Prepare To Return

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Well that sure didn’t last long. Jonathan Feigen announced via a series of tweets yesterday the Houston Rockets will be releasing Chuck Hayes after less than a week with the team.

Hayes was signed to help out with the decimated front court to add depth beyond rookie Montrezl Harrell and first year player Clint Capela.

The Rockets have been without Donatas Motiejunas still recovering from the back surgery he underwent last spring. Then in another of what has to be termed freak occurrences Terrence Jones was forced on to the injured list after experiencing a cut to his eye lid. And of course Dwight Howard has been experiencing back soreness and also be held out to maintain reasonable rest for the big man.

Given Howard’s 20-20 performance Saturday versus the Clippers it’s safe to say this strategy seems to be spot on.

The timing of Hayes release appears to coincide with Jones return and Feigen also noted it’s likely Patrick Beverley will return this week as well after suffering a concussion in the Orlando game last week. Here’s the series of tweets Feigen sent out on Hayes and the returning players:

Rockets waive Chuck Hayes, per source.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 8, 2015

Hayes stay was always expected to be short term, filling in while Rockets shorthanded.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 8, 2015

Not Motiejunas, but Jones likely yes. "@RocketsEsp: @Jonathan_Feigen Does this mean that D-Mo and T Jones back soon?"

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 8, 2015

Feigen’s notes on Motiejunas are encouraging as he discussed DeMo’s workout with a Twitter fan:

No timetable on D-Mo. Up to doc to decide he's not at risk of re-injury. Workouts look tougher than basketball to me https://t.co/McbvVW1KRX

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 8, 2015

And this quick tweet on Patrick Beverley:

Not official until tomorrow, but expected cleared from concussion protocol then. "@Nnam_Dom: @Jonathan_Feigen any updates on Pat Beverly?"

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 9, 2015

The timing of everyone’s return is ideal given the Rockets won’t take to the court until Wednesday to face the lowly Brooklyn Nets (who were ranked dead last in our NBA Power Ranking List). Perhaps this will finally allow Kevin McHale the opportunity to get everyone on the court together in practice to nail down a better flow in the offense and to pick up the areas of their defense they need sharpened.

As for Hayes, he’s longed to return to his team and State where he has a home and family for quite some time. Hayes says he’ll continue to look to play this season and eventually wants to return to the Rockets to join their coaching staff.

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