Jarvis Hayes signs with the New Jersey Nets.
Hayes is expected to take the Nets’ bi-annual exception, which would pay him approximately $4 million over the two seasons. New Jersey officials spent time with Denver free agent Eduardo Najerja on Thursday night. Najera, 32, could be signed using part of New Jersey’s mid-level exception.
As the Nets begin rebuilding with a core of young players, Hayes, 26, gives New Jersey’s bench some veteran scoring pop and athleticism. After spending four years with the Washington Wizards, where Hayes had been a lottery pick in 2003, he played the past season with the Detroit Pistons.
Hayes, who is 6-foot-8, averaged a career-low 6.7 points in the regular season, and played a diminished role in the playoffs. He played just once in the Pistons’ six-game Eastern Conference finals loss to the Boston Celtics.