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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:33 pm
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Can't blame Uncle Les, DMorey, & the Rox for wanting to trade Yao & get what they can now before it is too late. ... l_o_1.html


December 27, 2010

Trade Yao? It's one of several options for a team looking to make moves

[size=117]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. 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.

As one person with knowledge of their thinking said, the Rockets want "as many arrows in their quiver" as possible when they expect trade talks to pick up. As with the Tracy McGrady trade last season, when nothing was tempting until February, they expect those trade talks to change dramatically closer to the deadline.

There is no question, however, about what they want. The Rockets are willing to gamble on upside. That means a young talent who could grow into something far greater than it is giving his current team. They would love that potential to come from a center, or to at least get a center in a deal.

As for which arrow will find its mark, it is too soon to guess. It is safe to bet, however, that the Rockets' offer of cost savings in some form will be the key to the deal.

As always with a team struggling to get to .500 but willing to spend, no one is off limits. And they did make it work with McGrady's larger contract

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Rockets looking to trade Yao

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[size=117]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(notes) 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

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December 27, 2010

Trading Yao would be smart business and another reason to believe Rockets are headed in right direction

First, a word about Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. He's not the easiest man on earth to work for. He holds people accountable and isn't always pleasant about it. He asks why they drafted this guy instead of that guy. He wonders if this coach is the right guy, or if maybe that coach over there would be better. If you work for Alexander, you know to have your answers lined up and to be ready to defend whatever you do.

One other thing about Leslie Alexander. He wants to win. That is, he wants to win badly. And if it costs a few extra bucks to win, so be it. If you want the real back story behind this Yao Ming news, it's more proof that Leslie Alexander is a terrific owner.

He's getting nothing for the $17 million he's paying Yao this season. He does have $8 million of the $17 million insured, so he could stuff the $8 million in his pocket and buy me lunch.

Is he doing that? No, he isn't. He has told GM Daryl Morey that if there's a financially strapped team that could use the $8 million (and $5.8-million disabled player exception), and if the $8 million (and $5.8-million disabled player exception) could be used to get the Rockets an impact player or a high draft pick, to go for it. Is there anything else you could ask of an owner?

This is business. That's the bottom line. The Rockets love Yao, but his value to the organization is now as something other than a player. Trading Yao now doesn't preclude Morey from bringing him back next season, but at this point, there's no reason to believe Yao will ever play another NBA game. He can still help the Rockets make the playoffs, but not in the way any of us hoped.

Carmelo Anthony remains the No. 1 target, but there are a dozen or so others Morey is curious about. DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Chris Paul and Josh Smith are on his radar screen. At the moment, none of them seems to be available, but that could change as the February trade deadline approaches.

If he can't get an impact player, he'd settle for a short term fix for this season, or for a high draft pick that would bring an impact player to Toyota Center. As Morey has waded through free agency the last few years, he has become increasingly pessimistic that it's the way to acquire help. Instead, he's focused on two avenues: acquiring a high lottery pick or dealing for a player who had trouble elsewhere and is a potential All-Star. For instance, Terrence Williams.

The Rockets have gotten their mojo back. They've won 9 out of 12 and are positioned to get the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff berth. But that's not a real destination.

The Rockets aren't interested in just being respectable. They want to win, and they have an owner who has put the right people in place and is willing to spend the money to make it happen. For that, we are lucky.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:22 pm
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well yao is good for something at least.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:59 pm
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Trade Yao to San Francisco were he will be loved by Asian fans!!

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Latest interview of Daryl Morey on Yao Ming's situation by Netease reporter prior to the game with Washington Wizards.


Netease: Daryl, the outside world are speculating that Houston Rockets is likely to trade away Yao Ming's contract. What is your response?

Morey: I knew it, but I'm sorry; I can't comment on it. you know the rule.

Netease: Have you been in touch with Yao Ming recently?

Morey: Yes we have, and it has been very frequent.

Netease: How's he feeling?

Morey: He's in a good mood, very relaxed; and when you talk with him, he even cracks jokes with you. He is such kind of person that injuries will not overwhelm/beat him.

Netease: Alot of people in the outside world think after this season-ending injury, it will be very difficult for Yao Ming to return to the basketball court to play, and it is very likely that he will retire. Do you think Yao Ming will likely retire?

Morey: Well, now all those claims were just speculations. Yao Ming was just injured; it does not mean he will not play again. There is still possibilities of his comeback.

Netease: I heard that Yao Ming still came back to Toyota Centre for regular training; even though he could not practice his shooting, he was still persisting in his strength training of his upper body. Is that true?

Morey: Yes, he still came back often, and persisted on his strength training. He felt there is possibility of a comeback, and we thought so too.

Netease: What about the plan for Yao Ming's treatment? It had dragged on for a long time. Why had there beeb such a long time?

Morey: Yao Ming is still gathering information/second opinions; he had yet to make up his mind and decide. This requires a process, and may still take some time.

Netease: Now, there are two treatment options: one is taking complete rest, the other is going for another surgery. Which option you think Yao Ming is more likely to choose?

Morey: We are still in discussion about that, but we're inclining for the surgery option.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:46 pm
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Oh please. No team wants slow and injured prone Yao. His best days are BEHIND him. Time to retire and go back to China so that Pryen can hold his hand and talk about eating rice and soy sauce. And play WOW together.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:46 am
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The value is not in an injured Yao which would be a half season rental anyway. The value is the expiring contract of Yao's which is 17 million dollars with $8 million insurance. After the season is over, the team that own's Yao's contract will have esssentially $17 million in salary coming off the books against the NBA Luxury Cap.

If the Rockets or any other team wants to sign him after this year, they are free to do so because Yao will be a free agent. He will not get $17 million dollars per year again on a 5 year contract. I assume that any team will sign him to a 1 year contract at about $5 million dollars to see what he can do on the court. That is my guess anyway.

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Is Yao Ming making less money because of this injury?

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