NBA Trade Rumors: Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets Must Part Ways

December 29th, 2010 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is the biggest injury risk in the NBA, but his current contract is built so he can be useful off the court as well.

Ming is in the final year of his contract, and of his $17.7 million salary for the 2010-11 season, there is $8 million in insurance savings.

This makes the risk a little less frightening for opposing teams thinking about acquiring the Rockets big man.

The Rockets will be looking for a big man in return for Yao's services, either a youngster with potential or an established veteran.

The Rockets may need to take a bad contract in return as well, because Yao's salary is troublesome for most NBA teams who are already near or over the salary cap.

Yao's foot problems have caused him to miss at least 25 games in five of the last six seasons after missing just two games in his first three seasons.

If the Rockets medical staff recommends surgery for the stress fracture in Yao's foot, the healing process would likely take around ten months.

Furthermore, this surgery could end his career. A man of his size puts an enormous burden on his feet, which is the reason ma ...

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