Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yao Ming will likely ask for a contract extension this summer

By Anthony Caruso III

The Houston Rockets are facing the biggest question mark of all the NBA teams this summer. And the player just happens to be on their team.

Yao Ming, the 2002 No. 1 overall pick, is eligible for a contract extension this summer. He is due $16.3 million next season. And he holds a $17.6 million player option for the following season, which he will likely be erased if he gets a contract extension.

Ming will likely ask for a max deal. He could get a contract in the neighborhood of $100 million over 6 years. And with a contract extension in Houston, it will likely help his endorsement deals, as well.

Ming has been often injured throughout his career in Houston. He has missed a total of 93 regular season games from the 2004-05 season due to injury. And he’s currently recovering from a broken leg from the playoffs, where he missed the final four games of the Conference semi-finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Even with Tracy McGrady, Ming has been the focal point of the Rockets offense since the 2002-03 season. Ming averaged 19.1 points this past season, which was his 5th highest in his career. He averaged 25.0 points during the 06-07 season in just 48 games.

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