Former NBA star, Yao Ming, has today refused to rule himself out of putting together a takeover bid for the LA Clippers.
The ex-Chinese international, speaking at an event in his native Beijing, was coy on his interest having been linked with a return to the NBA in recent days but left the possibility open as he answered reporters questions:
" I know there are a lot of rumors, but I don't think I have time to clarify the rumors one by one.
"Nowadays, sports are globalized, and anything is possible, but so far, there is nothing substantial," Ming explained.
The Clippers could soon be looking for a new owner should the league's owners vote to expel disgraced current incumbent Donald Sterling from his role at a June 3 hearing and the former Houston Rockets big man is amongst a host of big names linked to the franchise.
Previous reports have suggested that Yao Ming would be the figure head leading a group of Chinese investors should any firm bid materialize, but the eight-time All-Star does have ownership experience himself.
Ming has been the owner of his first team, the Shanghai Sharks since he retired from playing the game in 2011.
At present though the rumors linking him to a retirn to the contry where he made his name as a golbal figure seem to remain just that, but it is interesting that Ming did not take the opportunity to rule himself out of a potential takeover move when he had the chance.