Though Rockets center Yao Ming has yet to decide whether or not he will opt out of his current contract, set to expire at the end of next season, he nonetheless expects to remain a Rocket for the foreseeable future.
It is presumed that, since he's coming back from the foot injury, Yao will decide to forgo that opportunity and remain with the Rockets for the upcoming season. But, the Rockets' center has yet to formally confirm that he is not opting out.
"I think my future is still in Houston," Yao said Saturday afternoon at the Chinese Community Center. "Still, my agent will handle this. We will communicate with (Rockets General Manager) Daryl Morey and we will work this out."
Yao averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds two seasons ago in 77 games. He injured his foot in the playoffs that year against the Los Angeles Lakers and had surgery that required him to sit for the duration of the 2009-10 campaign.
Currently, Yao is rehabbing the foot, and all indications are that he will make a full recovery by the start of next season.