With news today that disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has given complete control of the franchise to his wife, a new potential replacement as owner has emerged.

According to Bill Simmons of Grantland, legendary Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is heading a group of investors from his native country in preparation for making "a serious run at the Clippers."

Ming spent nine successful years in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, gaining eight All-Star honors in the process, and if the reports are to be believed it looks like he wants to return to the league in an ownership capacity.

He will certainly be a popular figure amongst NBA chiefs with the league's hierarchy looking for someone to shed a positive light on the franchise following the tumultuous few weeks that have passed since Doland Sterling's racist remarks were made public.

At present however these reports reports just rumors with no word from the big man himself. 

Ming does have ownership experience however, having bought his former team, the Shanghai Sharks, following his retirement from professional basketball in 2011. He also has a fairly healthy bank balance with his net worth having been pegged at around $150 million in 2012.

Ming is unlikely to have a free run at the team however should he firm up interest, with a whole host of names ranging from P Diddy to Oprah reportedly weighting up an offer.

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