Here’s some good news for all you Miami Heat fans out there. Chris Bosh may postpone his retirement plans and suit up for the team next season.
The Heat are currently deliberating on a new medical treatment that could potentially keep Bosh in the court for a few more years. It can be remembered that the two-time NBA champion was sidelined last season due to blood clot issues.
“With the Heat’s Chris Bosh, conversations are continuing regarding potential use of blood thinners that could be out of his system by game time,” Barry Jackson of Miami Herald reported. “It remains undecided if the Heat will be OK with that approach or whether they will clear him to play.”
Bosh does not have the gene that makes him susceptible to clotting. Nevertheless, the team’s medical staff have mixed reactions regarding the use of blood thinners.
Jackson contacted two independent doctors about the medication. Both doctors did not categorically confirm whether or not the use of blood thinners would keep Bosh safe on the court.
The Heat have some tough decisions to make. While the team is significantly better with Bosh in the roster, his pre-existing condition might cause further instability in the locker room.
The Heat no longer have franchise cornerstone Dwyane Wade, who moved to the Chicago Bulls this summer. Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside are the new sheriffs in town. They are eager to step out of Wade’s shadow, but the Bosh situation might overshadow their breakout season.
On the business side of things, the Heat would benefit from not playing Bosh this upcoming season. As per the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, a player who suffers a career-ending injury or illness and is waived by his team will be excluded from the team’s salary.
The 6-foot-11 big man signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $118 million extension with the Heat in 2014. This meant that whatever happens to him in that span of time, he will still receive every dollar the team owes him.
If the Heat elects to part ways with Bosh due to his condition, which must be deemed by league and player’s association doctors as life-threatening, his cap hit of over $52 million from 2017 to 2019 will come off the Heat’s payroll. The team will then have the necessary cap space to target one or two marquee free agents.
It is still unclear as to what route the Heat are leaning towards. It all boils down to loyalty versus business. If this offseason is any indication, Bosh may have likely played his final game at the American Airlines Arena. He averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games last season, ESPN noted.