Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  20 responses

Will Yao Ming Become a Free Agent?

You know, because the summer of 2010 wasn’t going to be insane enough. Now, Yao hints at the Houston Chronicle that he’s considering opting out of his deal: “Though it has long been assumed Rockets center Yao Ming’s foot injury and extensive surgery would prevent him from opting out of his contract after this season, Yao said Saturday he was ‘not sure’ if the uncertainty with the NBA’s labor negotiations would lead him to become a free agent this summer. Yao, 29, said he has not considered his options, but was noncommittal about whether he might opt out of his contract. ‘I’m sure I’m not sure until after we discuss (it),’ Yao said. ‘We have not started (to) discuss it yet, so I’m not sure, either way. I have to talk to my agent first before we start to decide where I need to go. If you ask my agent, he will say, ‘I have to ask Yao and we will start discussing it.’ Yao’s agent, John Huizinga, had no comment. If Yao does not jump into the deep pool of 2010 free-agent talent, he is due to earn $17.7 million next season in the final year of his contract.”

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  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3357407353_c868c2d95c.jpg larrylegend

    EAT THE OPTION! sorry anton, i couldn’t resist…

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    His injury was significant enough that people thought he may not play again and now he’s considering opting out of his contract? Either he’s shown incredible improvement well beyond expectations and thinks he’ll get a bigger contract elsewhere – or he’s blowing smoke up the medias a$$.

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  • http://gmail dirty frank

    If he opts out someone will give him a massive contract. Probably the Knicks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I hope he can play some healthy seasons in the future. And with that, COME TO TORONTO!

  • Jon

    he’s just trying to scare the rockets in an attempt to get an extension. he’s way to loyal to leave them and sign for the lakers at minimum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Let me guess, the Cavs and Celtics want him?

  • The Philosopher

    I think Jon is accurate in his assessment of how loyal Yao Ming is. I just hope he can hold up. He had the potential to be an all time centre in the League.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to David Wood.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    What if he is talking about restructuring so that the frontcourt can be Bosh/Yao? Just sayin

  • AL29

    Who in their right mind would pay maximum money to a soon-to-be 30-year-old who is incapable of playing an entire season? Isiah Thomas isn’t a GM anymore. 17.7 million is way, way too much for this guy, unless you’re only hoping to reap the financial benefits of his global fanfare. He should just take it an shut up. I hate it when players talk about opting out when they’re injured (in the past, Boozer and Arenas have done this). No, you shouldn’t be blamed for getting injured, but you shouldn’t be contract shopping while sitting on your team’s bench in a suit, collecting your salary, and contributing nothing. Yao and T-Mac should be reserves… in the D-League.

  • RV

    Yao’s injury was never THAT bad. It would have healed like it did before. The issue was the surgery that re-aligned his foot/ankle to keep the bone from cracking again every year. the surgery itself went perfectly, his rehab has been just as good. He’ll start running within in a month. Assuming there’s no complication from running, and i doubt there would be, by this summer teams should be assured he’ll play again and at a signficant level. The risk is if the re-alignment of his foot wasnt done properly the bone is likely to break again, but that won’t be known or show until he starts playing again.

  • http://slamonline.com RayintheBay

    Huge Asian community in the bay area,come play for the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS!!!
    Yao+CURRY=Laker KILLAZ!!!!!

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    He’s going to play in China when the strike goes down.

  • Adrian Zapata

    AL29, you sir, must be a total FOOL! – Any team would pay Yao Ming 20 mil next year even if he sat on the bench. You know why bud? Because whoever the owner is will easily make that money back in trade with China, and Sales in China!

  • David

    The Blazers would love to have another injury prone center.

  • AL29

    @Adrian Zapata, that’s why I included the clause, “unless you’re only hoping to reap the financial benefits of his global fanfare” in my post. Obviously he brings in revenue from his popularity in China. But from a basketball standpoint alone, he’s not worth it. Why? Because he is injury-prone. As a fan, coach or GM, would you really this guy to be a major component of your team?

  • vanillagorrila

    yao ming would make any team at least as much he is paid each year without a doubt, not to mention as long as he is played 20-25 minutes a game he is fantastic. He is still the best offensive center in the game, put him on the nets with yi jianlan and their arena is packed every night. Yao is humble and gracious enough to probably except a 6th man role anyway. This will be an interesting off season for sure

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    knicks sign em up lol

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com 323 478 1884

    Lakers should trade sasha,morrison,and mbenga for him and start Ming from the bench. Yao Ming could come in for Bynum when in foul trouble or resting. leaving Lamar to play SF more often