Yao Ming gets max deal from Rockets

Yao Ming and the Rockets agree to a multi-million dollar deal that will keep Yao in Houston until 2011.

Updated: September 1, 2005, 12:49 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

The Houston Rockets will announce Thursday that they've signed three-time All-Star center Yao Ming to a five-year extension, thereby securing his services through the 2010-11 season, a source close to the negotiations confirmed early Wednesday morning.

The story was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and Yao would participate in a conference call planned for Thursday.

That this comes without drama or shock ...

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