Chuck Hayes is reportedly on the Boston Celtics’ free agent radar. Among other reasons, adding Hayes makes sense because A) the Celtics currently have one center on their roster, and B) that center is Jermaine O’Neal, whose body could come unscrewed at any time. Also, Chuck Hayes is pretty good.
Hayes stands only 6-6, but he’s a plus defender whose low center of gravity, strong and quick hands, and habit of putting himself in the right spot allow him to (somehow) play center against men who could use the top of his head as a stool. Hayes is limited offensively, to be kind, but he’s solid and doesn’t hurt on that end of the floor. Perhaps most importantly, he’s in his 20s (even if he seems old enough to grandfather dozens of children) and has played at least 70 games in each of the past five seasons.
As a detractor, it’s always weird to have a center who may or may not be able to dunk.