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Morey Says Rockets Will Trade for Center

Jul 10, 2009 – 7:40 PM
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Matt Steinmetz

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Daryl MoreyLAS VEGAS -- Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team isn't quite there yet in terms of making an announcement regarding the prognosis for center Yao Ming and his left foot.

But what he will say unequivocally is that his team needs a center, and he's going to go out and get one.

"I think we're probably going to have to trade for a center," Morey said after watching the Rockets beat the Warriors 73-69 in an NBA Summer League game. "That will probably be the plan at this point. There are a few free agents that might be later fill-ins, but I think most likely we'll address some of our needs through trades."

At this point the Rockets don't know how long they'll be without Yao, who has a hairline fracture in his left foot. The NBA has already granted the Rockets an injury exception to the salary cap in anticipation of Yao missing the entire year, although Yao is still eligible to play should he make an unexpectedly quick recovery. Morey said he's optimistic the injury will not end Yao's career.

"We're going to make a joint release with Yao's advisors when we decide on a course of treatment," Morey said. "Before that we're going to stay quiet on it because we don't really know until that decision is made what will happen."
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