Tuesday , Dec , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Yao Ming Probably Won’t Opt out of Contract

Don’t expect a very big guy to be available during perhaps the NBA’s biggest free-agency summer ever.

That’s the word from Houston general manager Daryl Morey about 7-foot-6 Yao Ming. He has no doubt the center, out all season following foot surgery, won’t opt out of his contract next summer to become a free agent.

"He’s very loyal, and he’s going to opt in,” Morey said in an interview Monday night with FanHouse. "He’s definitely coming back.”

When asked if Yao has told him specifically he won’t opt out of his contract, Morey didn’t consider that necessary. Morey said he and Yao regularly have talked about next season.

"He loves Houston and he’s very loyal,” Morey said. "He’s coming back. (Next) summer we’ll talk about how to integrate him (back with the Rockets).”