Picturing Yao Ming in Cleveland

With the Cavaliers' new Chinese minority ownership group, I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone suggested that Yao Ming would be coming to Cleveland.

The Associated Press reports Yao's reaction to the idea, which could be categorized as "super vague." The report:

"This is all an unknown," Yao said in the interview, a transcript of which was posted online Friday.

"I've already been with Houston for such a long time, I still have much affection for this team," Yao said. "Moreover, this past season we were very successful, and that let me see some hope.

"Regardless of whether its a Chinese boss, or a foreign boss, they're both bosses and a boss is just a boss," he added.

Cleveland has not publicly expressed interest in Yao, who has one guaranteed year left on his contract with Houston, including a player option for the 2010-11 season.

Yao Ming can be a free agent in 2010, if he so chooses. That same summer, the Cavaliers (and several other teams) plan to be well under the salary cap. It is conceivable that Yao and LeBron James could be teammates in Cleveland, or another city.