Houston Rockets All-Star Center Yao Ming has elected not to exercise the early termination option in his contract in order to complete the final year of his contract with the Rockets.  Yao and Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey released the following statements today:

Yao Ming: “My decision is very clear, I am going to stay with the Rockets through the end of my current contract.  Since my first day in Houston, I always felt that this community treated me very nice and made me feel like it was my second home.  I feel Mr. Alexander and Daryl Morey have done a great job of building this team into a winner and I am comfortable that they will continue to bring in very good players to help us continue to build a championship team.”

Daryl Morey: “We are very excited to have Yao Ming committed to coming back for next season.  He has been the foundation of this team since his arrival in 2002 and we are looking forward to having him back on the court next season.”