Since Yao was drafted in 2002 with the first overall pick, he has been a dominant force in the paint.
But like every player, you can only dominate when you actually play and Yao does not play very much anymore due to the fact that he is injured so much.
So now, the question arrives for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey: To re-sign or not to re-sign?
Let's go over a couple reasons of why he should re-sign Yao:
Sentimental value: Ever since Yao was drafted, the Rockets have taken him in like family and Yao absolutely loves it in Houston.
The people of China have become Rockets fans because of Yao and that should be enough reason to hold on to him a little longer.
Financial reasons: I'm not sure what Yao will want, but the revenue he brings in from commercials, jersey sales, etc. probably makes up for what you are paying him.
Production: This all depends on how much he works at it, but Yao will probably still be a moderately productive player. Being 7'6" he will always be an intimidating force defensively, something the Rockets need desperately in the paint.
So, those are some nice reasons why you might hang on to a guy like Yao, but what are some reasons they should dump him?
Injuries: Odds are Yao will get hurt again and unless you can get a contract with full injury insurance, it's not worth it.
Financial reasons: If you notice this headline is also in the reasons why they should re-sign him, well, it really all depends on how much money he wants.
If he wants somewhere in the mid-level exception, I'd take him. Any higher, dump him.
Rebuilding: The Rockets are in a retooling/rebuilding kind of phase. They don't need a 30-year-old who is going to block playing time for younger players.
What do I think?
I think it all depends on what's happening when the time comes.
Who did they draft? Are they going to pursue any big-name center free agents (Marc Gasol, Deandre Jordan)? How much does Yao want? Is he even healthy?
So many questions and all will be answered eventually, but as of right now, I say let him walk. It's time to move on from what could have been to what is going on right now.
But I want to hear from you as well! Comment down below whether you think the Rockets should re-sign Yao or not.