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Rockets news: Chuck Hayes returns to Houston as personnel scout

After playing 11 seasons in the NBA, including seven of them with the Rockets, former center Chuck Hayes was hired as a pro player personnel scout by Houston’s management, per Jonathan Feigen of Chron.com.

Hayes was acting in a similar function for the Denver Nuggets last season. Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas said that Hayes will continue to evaluate NBA players from other teams in addition to international talents. He’ll also lend a hand in player development for Houston.

Rosas went further on Hayes’ value to the team, per Feigen:

“We value him not only as a player but his profile and his background is extremely valuable to what we do on the personnel side. He’s a guy who has a different perspective. He’s been in the league for 10 years, understands the game. He’s a guy that has known for a long time he wanted to do something in the league after his career was over and prepared accordingly. We see a guy with a lot of talent, a lot of character and a lot of upside in terms of his role in the front office.”

After going undrafted in the 2005 entry, Hayes was picked up by Houston as a free agent. He would play six seasons there before agreeing to a contract with the Sacramento Kings in 2011. The 6’6” undersized center was then traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2013 before re-signing with Houston in 2015, where he was only able to play two games before retiring.

During his eleven years in the league, Hayes managed to play in a total of 644 games, including 244 starts. In those games, he put up career averages of 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game on 49.8 percent shooting.

The former Kentucky Wildcat could produce his best pro season in 2010-11 with the Rockets where he contributed 7.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game on 52.7 percent shooting from the field.