Sun setting on Chuck Hayes' improbable NBA career

05/27/2015 05:26 PM

TORONTO — The NBA Finals start a week from Thursday, and with the pending off-season just around the corner, several former Wildcats are going to have decisions to make as free agents.

One of them is current Toronto Raptor Chuck Hayes.

The veteran forward’s contract is up this summer, and Hayes told the Sacramento Bee last week, “I would like to play as long as I can … until they kick [me] out. But if my window is closing, I’m fine. I have no complaints.”

After graduating from Kentucky in 2005, Hayes entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent and turned a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets into a productive 10-year pro career.

He averaged nine minutes a game for the Raptors last season, serving as a mentor to the young playoff team that lost in the first round to John Wall and the Washington Wizards.

KSTV reflected on Hayes’ career on Wednesday — both in the NBA and at Kentucky — and whether it’s time for him to hang up the jersey for good.


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