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Report: Rockets exploring trade options with Yao

Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: December 27, 2010 12:45 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Following his most recent injury, it's no secret the Houston Rockets are looking at their options in regards to Yao Ming. The big man is done of the season and has a very lucrative $17 million expiring contract. Oh, and on top of that, insurance on Yao's contract offers an $8 million discount on that $17 million.

So it's natural for the Rockets to shop him. And according to Yahoo! Sports, Houston is exploring a Yao trade on several fronts. Also mentioned is that some teams are exploring a trade for Yao to re-sign him on a short deal, or just to get a little cap relief on his big expiring deal.

Obviously Yao isn't going to be contributing this season as he's out for the year with a stress fracture in his left ankle. So anyone that deals for him is looking strictly for a little financial flexibility. Of course his new team could re-sign him to a short-term deal for low dollars, but that's just icing.

Not many are sure that Yao will still have an NBA career after returning from this latest injury. He definitely can, and probably will, but with the injuries piling up on his 7-6 body, he becomes a major liability. So any deal he gets will likely be short and not worth a ton.

The thing about dealing for Yao's expiring contract though is in order to match that $17 million, you've got to give up quite a bit. And the Rockets know how valuable that expiring contract is so they're going to want quite a bit. The Rockets will likely be looking for a contributor that can step in and play, as well as some assets. The Rockets aren't finished yet. They are playing better and are getting Aaron Brooks back, which is a huge boost.

Houston is going to be shopping Yao's contract to find something that helps them now. Daryl Morey isn't a general manager afraid to swing a big deal. He's not shy about taking a risk. So it's likely Yao is moved before the trade deadline. It's just who wants to give up some players in order to achieve a little financial freedom.
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Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:23 pm
 

Report: Rockets exploring trade options with Yao

Lol what are they smoking. Yao is done. He needs to retire. Only player with worse feet problems was Bill Walton. Cut short both careers.


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:55 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:37 pm
 

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Can we package Iggy with the GM and call it even.



Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:17 pm
 

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you are doing so based on a trade that doesn't actually exist yet
trades like this happen every single year.   that and for other reasons the NBA is a joke of a league.   It has nothing to do with this one trade in particular.  However, as you are from texas like my other 'friend' over there... I can't blame you for not being able to comprehend the context of what I was saying.  I said "trades like this"... not specifically "houston teams are why the NBA/sports are this..."  



Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:14 pm
 

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Teams in all types of sports make trades like this.

No, no they don't.   As for the rest of your comment, wont respond to it because you're clearly some moron hick from the south..  but it's not your fault the school systems down their are just terrible



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Report: Rockets exploring trade options with Yao

Rod Thorn:   Please, Please, PLEASE find ANY POSSIBLE WAY to get rid of Andre Iguodala in this deal.  Please.  He is awful, and in no way is a centerpiece of a franchise, but somehow gets paid like one... 

I will come back once Iguodala is gone.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:45 pm
 

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Straight up for Greg Oden. Never draft old slow centers, who are too tall. Why does the NBA never learn?



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:26 pm
 

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maybe a low 2nd round pick, or an average player, the rockets doesn´t want to pay him anymore...



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:26 pm
 

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Nevermind that you are writing off a league because of a trade as the other poster explained is ridiculous... you are doing so based on a trade that doesn't actually exist yet... how can it be bad for the league if ALL you know about the trade is that Yao and his expiring contract is involved...



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:50 pm
 

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I couldn't help but respond to this guys post...so because of trades you lost respect for the NBA? What about MLB....steroids, huge contracts, same teams every year? Or even college sports with recruiting violations, boosters, the BCS. International soccer where players and fans get killed at games or after games?  It's awfully strange that you lose respect for a league because of trades that might financialy help a team. Teams in all types of sports make trades like this.  You must have been cut from your 7th grade girls basketball team to have it out for the NBA over a trade.



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