Yao Ming Opts to Stay With Houston Rockets for Final Year of Contract

Yao Ming will see out the last year of his contract at the Houston Rockets after sitting out last season with a foot injury.

The 7-foot-6, 310-pound (2.29 meter, 141 kilogram) center missed Houston’s last campaign after having a bone graft and other procedures to change the alignment of his foot and reduce stress on the repaired bone.

“To miss one year is a long time,” Yao said in video comments on the Rockets’ website. “I’ve never been in this situation before and I’m getting as much information as I can about my foot, to see what’s the best for me and best for the Rockets. I decided a couple of days ago.”

The 29-year-old said he’s resumed basketball activities and will be fit when training camp begins.

Since entering the National Basketball Association as the top pick in the 2002 draft, Ming has averaged 19.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He will earn $17.7 million next season, KRIV-TV in Houston reported. Yao declined to say if he’ll stay with the Rockets beyond next season.

“We’re very excited to have Yao Ming committed to coming back for next season,” Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said in a statement yesterday. “He’s been the foundation of this team since his arrival in 2002 and we’re looking forward to having him back on the court.”

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