With Yao Ming out for the season, the Houston Rockets are requesting a disabled player exception that would allow them to bring in another player, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The exception would allow the Rockets to trade for a player without matching salaries, but only up to the mid-level exception amount of $5.7 million. Theoretically that money could be used to sign a free agent, too, but there is nobody on the market worth near that amount or that the Rockets really have interest in acquiring.
The Rockets would have to bring in the player within 45 days.
The Rockets have been active in looking for deals on the trade market — they also have a $6.3 million trade exception from the Trevor Ariza-Courtney Lee deal they can use.
Yao Ming played just five games for the Rockets this season before suffering a bone bruise in his ankle, then later an MRI finding a stress fracture in his ankle that will keep him out the rest of the season. At least.