In his letter to season-ticket holders last week, Heat owner Mickey Arison listed Bosh among the core group of players he expects to lead the team during the 2016-17 campaign. While doctors have yet to officially clear Bosh to play following back-to-back seasons that ended prematurely due to blood clots, it appears the Heat think that the extended time off the floor might have granted the 32-year-old enough recovery time. It remains uncertain if Bosh is still on blood thinners to address the clots in his left calf, and he likely won't be cleared until he no longer requires any medication. Until the Heat provide more clarity on Bosh's situation heading into the season, it will be difficult to justify spending an early-round pick on him in fantasy drafts.
Heat president Pat Riley said over the weekend that he's still uncertain if Bosh will be able to rejoin the team in 2016-17 after the forward experienced renewed blood clotting in his left calf last season, ESPN.com reports. "It's a positive environment right now with Chris," Riley said. "I think his doctors and our doctors are constantly, or more so now than ever, communicating. I know what Chris wants. I know he wants to play. And obviously we would be open to that, but this is still a very fluid situation."
Riley said the team expects to gain more clarity on Bosh's situation in the coming months, but it appears there's still no news to report on the matter, as has seemingly been the case since his season ended in February due to the blood clots, which also resulted in an early end to his 2014-15 campaign. If Bosh were cleared to return, the Heat would consider holding him to a restricted schedule and limited workload in order to avoid another recurrence of the clots. The Heat suffered a big blow when Dwyane Wade left for the Bulls in the offseason, and the possibility of Bosh being unavailable for the start of the upcoming season would represent yet another hit to the team's playoff aspirations.
Both the Heat and Bosh have been mum on the forward's recovery from a recurrence of blood clots in his left calf, a condition that has ended both of his last two seasons prematurely. He had previously been taking blood thinners to address the clots, but it's not known if Bosh is still using the medication. There's still some fear from the Heat organization that doctors won't clear Bosh to play again, but his $23 million contract will be guaranteed entering the 2016-17 season regardless of his status. While a potential return could perhaps make Bosh more susceptible to another setback with the blood clots, his on-court production shouldn't suffer if he's able to play. He was in the midst of another excellent season prior to getting shut down shortly before the All-Star break, averaging 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 three-pointers per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor in 53 appearances.
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Bosh has been sidelined since the All-Star break after he was diagnosed with blood clotting in his left calf, marking the second consecutive time that his season has come to a premature end due to clots. The power forward still wants to keep his career going, but because of the long-term risks his condition prevents, it's uncertain if team doctors will ever clear him to play. Expect Bosh, who is still on blood thinners, to undergo extensive consultations throughout the offseason. Bosh is under contract for three more seasons for a total of $75 million.
Chris Bosh (calf) will officially be out for the remainder of 2016 playoffs, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
The Miami Heat released a statement declaring Bosh done for the year Wednesday as he deals with a potentially career-ending blood clots in his left calf. The 32 year-old's designation is no surprise and has been assumed for a while now. He hopes to be back for next season, but there will surely be a lot of argument over Bosh's life-threatening condition before any decision is made regarding the rest of the forward's career.
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