Does Yao Ming's Injury Hurt The Chances Artest Resigns With The Rockets?

ani uContributor IJune 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Ron Artest #96 of the Houston Rockets looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the terrible news of Yao Ming's injury, does Ron Artest decide to leave now?

No Yao, and Tracy McGrady will probably be traded so if you look at the team its Artest, Brooks, and Battier leading it. That is not enough fire power to win a championship, nor does it even make them reach the playoffs out west.

Artest is an unrestricted free agent, so he has the final say of where he wants to go. He might accept the Mid Level just to play with a championship contender, or sign with a team that think he's the missing piece to put them to the top.

But it really depends on what Houston does this offseason. They need to get another post threat with no big man with Mutombo retiring and Yao out. That can get accomplished though by trading McGrady, or even Brooks.They will also need to get two good rotation players from their MLE, or even try to get a star player that is willing to take the MLE to play with them.

I do feel that Yao's injury does affect Artest on whether to stay, but I also feel that Houston will be able to put a team together this offseason to build around Artest which will make him stay with the Rockets