Chuck Hayes Could Be Cleared To Play Against Jazz

The Sacramento Kings visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, and Chuck Hayes could be back in the rotation, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Hayes practiced with the team this week, including before the game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. But he still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff to get on the court, though he and Keith Smart hope he'll be able to get out there in Salt Lake City.

Hayes has been out since Smart's first game as head coach, a home win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Hayes separated his shoulder in that game. Chuckwagon will be wearing a shoulder brace that he compares to a straightjacket when he is back on the court. It's unclear whether he'd immediately replace Jason Thompson in the starting lineup or slide in behind him off of the bench.

Marcus Thornton remains out with a hematoma on his quad.

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