Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

Rockets Thinking of Trading Yao Ming?

According to the local press, nothing definitive is on the table, but what was once unfathomable is certainly now an option. The Houston Chronicle reports: “As Yao Ming ponders his medical options, and whether he wants to even try another comeback, the Rockets will have some choices to make, too. Yahoo.com reported that the Rockets are ‘exploring’ trading Yao’s contract, in its final months, as incentive to a deal with a team that will be moved for the cost saving of such a large, expiring contract, with up to $8 million (depending on when there is a deal) covered by insurance. Yao need not pack his bags, yet, and not because he will never play again under his current contract, or because the Rockets remain open to signing him again whether he is dealt or not. The offer of the Yao cost savings is one way to get a team interested in a deal. It is not the only one. It’s not more likely than the others, not yet anyway. According to one person with knowledge of the Rockets’ thinking, a deal is unlikely until much closer to the February trade deadline. When asked if trading Yao’s contract is more likely to make a deal than the other means to entice cost-cutting teams, the individual said, ‘I can’t even predict which is more likely.’ As mentioned in the previous blog entry, the Rockets can (and would) help a team cut costs by taking on a contract that fits into their $6.33 million trade exception or one that fits into the $5.8 million disabled player exception they expect to receive from the league. If they found a team desperate enough to clean house, they could even offer both exceptions to accept the contracts of two players that fit into those numbers. The player they want does not have to necessarily match those exception figures. They could come to agreement that fits the trade requirements to get that player and provide incentive with a simultaneous, but separate deal for the exception to prove the cost-savings other teams want. So far, no one has offered a deal that interests the Rockets, not for the salary-cap exceptions or the $17.7 million last season of Yao’s contract. To take back that much in matching contracts, the Rockets would have to get something they covet, especially since the contracts coming their way are unlikely to be in their final season.”

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  • RobbieJay

    who would want him…

  • youngmuggsy

    Robbie – Lots of teams would want his expiring contract.

  • Ziva

    Boys. Lots of teams would want the jersey/product sales, cash, I think. That right now is his biggest value to a team.

  • $tev3

    Eddy Curry for Yao Ming straight up

  • LB

    That would be a good move for the Rockets. Get something out of him while they still can. If I was Yao, I would just get away from the game completely for maybe more than just a season, to get his body, and possibly more importantly, his mind right. I’m sure trying to come back from injuries and repeatedly having setbacks has been wearing down on him mentally just as much as physically. Just getting away from it all, and the pressure that comes with trying to come back might do him a lot of good. And there will always be a spot for him in the league somewhere. Every team can use a big man with his skill set, especially if he only plays spot duty.

  • Stepfan

    Yao and Brandon Roy should retire.

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Or get traded to Phoenix

  • biged

    no comment

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    co-sign LB

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    btw, are the same people that called out LBJ for his lack of “loyalty” going to call out Houston for trading their franchise center?

  • MikeC.

    @LB – I was thinking the same thing. If he decided he was taking 2 years off, no ifs ands or buts, he’d have time to rehab and get himself right. Then he could come back and re-sign with Houston for a reasonable contract. Or, sign with Phoenix, let their staff work their voodoo miracle magic on him, and see him turn into a 7’6″ Lebron.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    It would be great if Houston re-signed him later, after his contract expires. He wouldn’t be making nearly as much, but it would be very cool to keep him there. Then again, Houston let Hakeem the Dream Olajuwon go to the Raptors…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    BTW I read the Rockets might be exploring a possible three-way deal with the Nuggets and the Nets. The Nuggets would deal Nene and Carmelo Anthony, the Nets would deal Troy Murphy, and the Rockets would deal Yao Ming and Jordan Hill. The Nuggets would end up with Yao Ming and Jordan Hill, the Nets would get Carmelo Anthony, and the Rockets would get Nene and Troy Murphy–were this deal to fall through.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    @ TTB my thoughts are fu*@ no.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I agree with lahuey.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    @Teddy, Nuggets gain nothing in this deal. Nene is a better trade chip than Jordan Hill’s upside is worth and Melo’s money comes off the books anyways so I don’t see why they’d want Yao’s contract.

  • T-Money

    It wasn’t too long ago that this big fella was the best 5 in the NBA. All the best.