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Yao Decides Not To Opt Out

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According to Fox Sports, Yao Ming has picked up the player option of his contract.

Yao will make upwards of $17 million next season, when the Rockets hope to return to the playoffs.

Yao told KRIV-TV of his decision, saying:

"My decision is very clear, I am going to stay with the Rockets ... Why? Because everything we've done in the past I feel very comfortable with and also I believe our GM (Daryl Morey) will bring us more talent for helping us build a championship team."

Morey also chimed in via Twitter, saying:

"We will work hard every day to live up to the confidence Yao has shown in us. Next season can be special w/him returning"

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