Chris Bosh ended speculation about his impending retirement by posting a workout video on social media this week. He announced that he will in fact be playing for the Miami Heat next season.
The Heat power forward has been sidelined since February 2016. Recurring blood clot issues caused him to miss the second half of the last two seasons. He may have missed significant playing time, but he assured fans that he is now fit to resume his NBA journey.
“I know I’ve been gone for a moment, but now I’m back,” Bosh said on Snapchat, via Sun Sentinel. “Everybody is always asking me am I hooping? Yes, I’m hooping. Absolutely. I’m a hooper.”
Heat owner Micky Arison had nothing but well wishes for Bosh. On his official Twitter page, Arison commended Bosh’s progress and said he expects to see him in training camp later this month.
Adrienne, Bosh’s wife, caused quiet stir when she took to Instagram to lambast certain personalities who “say the right things” but fail to follow through in their actions. She said she will be closely monitoring people’s “actions” next season.
The comments could be a direct swipe at Arison and Heat president Pat Riley. There have been rumors claiming that the Heat are planning to use the stretch provision on Bosh as salary-cap relief. It basically means that if the Heat waives Bosh due to health reasons, his remaining salary can be paid more than twice the remaining length of his contract.
The stretch provision has its fair share of risks. For one, the Heat can no longer have Bosh on the roster again, if he ever makes a full recovery. The team is prohibited from signing him as a free agent or trading for him.
Sir Charles In Charge suggested that the Heat should do away with the stretch provision and downright trade Bosh immediately. Pat Riley and company should first make sure that Bosh is completely healthy before trading him. No team will want to acquire Bosh unless he gets cleared by the Heat, and the NBA for that matter.
The Milwaukee Bucks are a potential trade partner for the Heat. Greg Monroe has been openly shopped this offseason. However, the Bucks need to add another multi-year player in order for the trade to work.
The addition of Bosh would speed up the Buck’s quest for NBA relevancy. He won’t be the main focal point of Jason Kidd’s offense. His primary role is to be a mentor to the likes of Jabari Parker, Thon Maker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Meanwhile, the front court tandem of Monroe and Hassan Whiteside looks scary on paper. Monroe can score anywhere from inside the arc. He plays similar to Bosh, minus the excessive three-pointers and health concerns.