- 반지는 아직 잔류할지 FA로 나갈지 결정하지 않았다.


Still undecided

As much as Bonzi Wells has said about his preference to return to the Rockets, he has not said that he would not opt out of his contract, as he always had planned.

Wells' agent, Billy Duffy, said he and Wells have not reached a decision about whether Wells will become a free agent, but would meet with Rockets officials at the NBA predraft camp beginning Tuesday in Orlando to see what the team has in mind.

Unless he is determined to be back with the Rockets, there seems little for Wells to lose financially in becoming a free agent. The second year of his contract that he never expected to consider is worth $2.3 million. Duffy, who was hired after most of last summer's options dried up, never got a chance to find Wells a good fit and good contract. Even coming off a poor season, Wells would seem certain to find at least as good a deal as he has in his Rockets contract.

Duffy can be sure how new Rockets coach Rick Adelman feels about bringing Wells back; he will have to find out where another free agent, Chuck Hayes, fits. Adelman said he would seek more offensive versatility, which does not sound like Hayes. But if he finds it, it might allow Hayes to come back to do what he does.

"Chuck is the kind of guy any coach wants around, either as a starter or off the bench," Duffy said. "He's a low-maintenance, high-energy guy and an overachiever."

But with both, it might depend what the Rockets can get done before dealing with their own free agents, that determines what they can bring back.


- 야오의 어깨 부상 루머는 역시나 헛소리?
중국쪽 미디어에서 이번 여름에 어깨 수술이 있을거라는 얘기가 나왔네요.
크로니클지 기자인 페이건씨가 야오의 에이전트인 John Huizinga와 이메일 교환을 통해서
수술을 없을 것이고 야오는 무척 건강하다고 하네요.

With some rumors floating around today about a shoulder surgery for Yao Ming (thanks to Nar for raising the question here) I traded a few emails with John Huizinga, Yao's agent.

No surgery.

He was very clear. No surgery has been done (Yao worked out at Toyota Center on Wednesday.) None is scheduled. None is planned.

He said Yao has had several exams looking into the discomfort he has had in certain movements, but that none have offered a recommendation that Yao have surgery. He even added that looking ahead, he doesn't expect Yao to undergo surgery.

"Based on what has been uncovered so far," he said, "I don't expect Yao to have any off-season surgery."

Posted by Third Eye