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December 21, 2011
Source of Chuck Hayes' failed heart exam?

I am still working for further confirmation, but I have been told by two sources close to the situation that Chuck Hayes failed his physical exam because he was diagnosed with Pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart. The Kings subsequently nullified the veteran forward's four-year, $21 million deal.

Hayes, who had been penciled into Paul Westphal's starting lineup, has asked the Kings to refrain from commenting and plans to address the matter himself at a later date.

Following the death of former Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier on Oct. 15, 2005, the NBA imposed more extensive cardiac testing during the players' annual preseason physicals. Collins died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance caused by an enlarged heart. He was 28.

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