Hayes group among those eyeing Rockets

Hall-of-Famer Elvin Hayes is the latest big name involved with a group that’s interested in purchasing the Houston Rockets, according to a report from FOX 26-TV.

We have met with the Rockets, and had a very cordial and a very nice, in-depth visit,” Hayes said. “We feel good about our meeting with the Rockets, and I think they felt good with us. … We have some very strong people in this group. We could do some very good things with this organization, with this team.”

Hayes, a former star forward for the Rockets, played his college ball at the University of Houston. He won an NBA championship as a member of the Washington Bullets in 1978.

As Hoops Rumors noted, Hayes is “one of a handful of Houston athletes and celebrities who have expressed some interest in getting involved with the purchase of the franchise. Beyoncé, Hakeem Olajuwan, and Dikembe Mutombo are among the others linked to the Rockets sale within the last month and a half.”

Current owner Les Alexander put the Rockets on the market earlier this summer.

Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta, Dan Friedkin and Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale are among others reportedly interested in buying the franchise.