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The Houston Rockets will likely have to ante up in 2010-11

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Saturday 29 May 2010 at 9:57 am

The Rockets have three unrestricted free agents and two restricted free agents and they will likely have to ante up for at least three of them. Yao Ming has a early termination option but he won’t be exercising that as he hasn’t played in a while and he seems to like Houston. F/C Chuck Hayes has a team option for this season and I think the Rockets will pick it up as he is a solid insurance policy inside. Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry are both restricted free agents. I see the Rockets without a doubt matching anything Scola gets offered but Lowry will only come back if the price isn’t too out of whack. SF Jared Jeffries has a early termination option in his contract and he might just exercise it. The Rockets might not care if he leaves.

The Houston Rockets hope that Yao Ming will be ready to go in 2010-11

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Need to step up by alleyoop on Thursday 13 May 2010 at 2:59 pm

The Rockets would have definitely been a playoff team if they had 29-year old center Yao Ming last season. They hope that the 7′6″, 310 pound Yao is ready to go in 2010-2011 after missing all of last year with a foot injury. Yao has played in 481 games (471 starts) in his career with the Rockets in which he has averaged 32.7 minutes, 19.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game. He also is a good shooter from both the floor (52.5%) and the free throw line (83.2%) in his career. Yao is a force in the middle because of his size and that’s something the Rockets sorely missed last season.

UPDATE: (6/29/2010) - Yao Ming has opted in for $17.69 million bucks for the 2010-11 season for the Rockets taking him off the free agent market.