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Rockets25 is offline Old 12-27-2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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UPDATE at 11:44am - Yahoo! story

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Rockets looking to trade Yao

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

After years of patience and a willingness to wait out injury upon injury with their franchise star, the Houston Rockets are engaged in trade discussions about center Yao Ming with several teams, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The lure of acquiring Yao for potential suitors is the $8 million in savings that insurance will provide for his $17.7 million expiring contract this season. Some teams are considering re-signing Yao on a short-term deal with hopes of restoring him to playing health, while others see his contract as a cost-saving measure.

Once one of the dominant players in the NBA, Yao, 30, will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left ankle. There are serious questions about his ability to return to the NBA on a full-time basis.

The Rockets are dangling Yao to acquire a good young player with an upside, if not an established talent. Despite offering Yao in trades, the Rockets haven’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing him to a short-term contract extension.

If Yao has surgery to repair the stress fracture, it would keep him out 10 months. After missing just two regular season games in his first three NBA seasons, Yao has missed at least 25 games in five of the past six seasons. He’s played just five games the past two seasons. From a broken leg to stress fractures in his feet, Yao’s lower extremities have struggled to support his 7-foot-6 frame.



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With lure of insurance offering $8M discount on his expiring $17M salary, Houston exploring Yao Ming trade on several fronts, sources tell Y
 
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With lure of insurance offering $8M discount on his expiring $17M salary, Houston exploring Yao Ming trade on several fronts, sources tell Yless than a minute ago via web



Some teams exploring trade for Yao to re-sign him on short deal, or just get cap relief on his expiring deal, sources say.less than a minute ago via web


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Goddamnit.

I want Yao to retire a Rocket - will wait on more information though before I take this seriously.

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Probably just fielding calls.

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DAM....Morey don't play. Honestly SHOCKED.

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What? THAT IS AWESOME !!!

I was afraid that Les would not allow them to take advantage of Yao's insurance situation, due to Yao's connections into China.

This would be great for the team if they can flip that contract to a team with buyers remorse on a large deal.

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I wouldn't be opposed to a trade, buyout, then re-signing him here on the cheap (very cheap) for next year.
 
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If true, this is VERY big news.
 
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U got it in just b4 me. I'm interested to see who or hat we could flip this for. My guess is Houston is interested in bringing Yao back next season if he is willing to agree on a short term and low cost contract
 
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Not to discredit Woj but I'll believe it when I see it
 
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I hope we can get some good this time on a trade and not just another role player asset.

My dream of not having to worry about Yao's health is hopefully getting answered soon.

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Didn't know Morey/Les would have the b-a-l-l-z.

How long before they deny all of this?
 
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Goddamnit.

I want Yao to retire a Rocket - will wait on more information though before I take this seriously.

Why is that? Because he is an awesome guy? Please...

Yao has missed about 50% of games in the last 5 years. After a long, long rehab, Yao lasted all of 7 games for us. He is done.

Players come and go, the franchise is the only permanent fixture.
 
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I understand the move but my heart would hate to see Yao in anything other than Rockets Red
 
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dam thats sad....but its for the better of the team

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I wouldn't be opposed to a trade, buyout, then re-signing him here on the cheap (very cheap) for next year.
yea, i agree, but he should retire as a rocket...

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Awesome news if true. Yao is a noble warrior, but it's time to move on.

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