Hayes was waived in order to make room for the contract offer extended to restricted free agent Zach LaVine (which the Bulls matched), James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Hayes will still participate in summer league with the team.
It's not clear if Sacramento intends to sign Hayes to a new deal, since his release was somewhat of a formality. There is a chance it depends on his summer league effort, however, as the presence of No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley severely affects Hayes' potential for playing time.
Hayes played most of the season in the G League but enjoyed call-ups to three different NBA teams in 2017-18. The former Wisconsin standout will look to improve upon his poor 33.3 percent free-throw and field goal percentage next year. Hayes is not under contract for next season as it figures that he will most likely be in the G League for at least the start of next year.
Hayes added two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), four rebounds and one block across 16 minutes of action during Friday's 94-93 win at Memphis.
Since signing with the Kings, Hayes has been struggling mightily from the floor (17.6 percent). Friday's performance though was a new career high in rebounds for the former Wisconsin star. Hayes is averaging 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in three games with the Kings so far.
So far this season, Hayes has spent one 10-day contract with the Lakers and two with the Raptors, so this will mark a third destination for the rookie forward. Considering the Kings are well out of the playoff race, there's certainly a chance they give Hayes some run over the last week and a half of the season, though it may not be enough to make him a viable fantasy option. Hayes has boasted an improved three-point stroke in the G-League this season from his final collegiate campaign at Wisconsin and a few strong showings could go a long way in earning him a longer look for a roster spot next year. Hayes' contract reportedly contains an option for the 2018-19 season.
Hayes will rejoin the G League's Westchester Knicks on Wednesday after his second 10-day contract with the Raptors expired and Toronto elected not to re-sign him, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
The addition of Hayes, who had been starting and playing effectively for Westchester before signing with Toronto earlier this month, should bolster the G League affiliate's chances of making a deep run in the postseason. Over 43 games in the G League this season, Hayes is averaging 15.0 points (on 44.2 percent shooting from the field), 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.0 minutes per contest.
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