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Report: Warriors could be interested in Yao Ming

Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:05 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Most teams are interested in Yao Ming because of his contract. That $17 million expiring deal with an $8 million insurance policy is definitely intriguing to rebuilding clubs.

But as Yahoo! Sports reports, the Golden State Warriors might be interested in Yao for more reasons than just the money.
Don’t be surprised if the Warriors make a run at injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming after he becomes a free agent this summer. While Yao is expected to be out as long as 10 months after undergoing ankle surgery, the Warriors have long wanted to add him to help boost their profile in the area’s Asian community.

Seldom-used rookie guard Jeremy Lin is nearly as popular as Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis . The Warriors would jump at signing Yao for a reasonable price.
So don't misunderstand: The Warriors are interested in free agent Yao, not current $17 million Yao. More than likely, someone is going to make a play for Yao because of the money, but regardless, he's going to be on the open market this summer.

Yao has already said that he's not ready to call it quits. He wants to give basketball another shot, but it's pretty clear his next opportunity won't be with Houston.

But the fit in the Bay Area could be a good one. He'd have immediate support and a franchise that doesn't need him to be the focal point of the offense. I'm not sure how well he'd fit into the up and down style of the Warriors, but he'd certainly give Eliis and Curry a nice inside-out option to work off of.

Hopefully Yao has another opportunity waiting for him this summer. And if he can get healthy, he'll surely get a chance somewhere.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:49 pm

Report: Warriors could be interested in Yao Ming

I don't care where the big man lands, I'd love to see him overcome all the injuries and return to at least half the performer he used to be. He's unfortunately one of those centers that was just too big for the game. If I were a GM in the NBA, I'd think twice about drafting anyone over 7 feet, because it seems to be happening more and more, with guys like Yao, Greg Oden, and others have lisfranc fractures, and injuries that seem to result from that massive body pounding the floor night after night.

I have to point out to Mr. Young though, that Yao said just yesterday this procedure could end his career. I don't think he's folding the tent or anything, but I don't know that he's optimistic from the reports I've read.

I hope I'm wrong, and if his career is best suited to be continued with the Warriors, that's just fine with me!

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