Late Thursday night, the Kings organization announced they reached an agreement in principle with Hayes for a multi-year contract.
The Kings signed Hayes as a free agent just before training camp opened, then released him a short time later after he failed his physical.
It was widely that reported doctors discovered a serious heart problem which would preclude him from playing basketball.
Multiple media reports Thursday morning indicate Hayes has just completed exhaustive heart testing at a renowned medical facility in Cleveland, and doctors there have cleared him to play. In the short time Hayes practiced with the Kings, team coaches, players and management all praised Hayes as a person and player.
President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie announced the termination of Hayes’ contract following the initial medical reports, calling it one of the most difficult decisions of his professional and personal life. Now, with the possibility Hayes will return, team and fan hopes are certain to be bouyed.
Hayes was expected to provide veteran leadership on the very young Kings team, as well as provide much needed defense and rebounding.
Players seemed positive about the prospect of Hayes rejoining the team during practice on Thursday.
“We need a guy like that around here, so I think I'm going to send him some texts and call him a little later and see what's going on,” said John Salmons, a Forward for the Kings.
His original contact with the Kings, which he signed after a successful stint with the Houston Rockets, was believed to be worth about $21 million dollars over four years.
No word Thursday night about the details of the new contract agreement with Hayes.