Bosh (blood clots) said Thursday that he's "kind of getting a taste of retirement now," and could be ready to accept that his NBA career is over, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Bosh hasn't played in a competitive game since last February due to ongoing blood clot issues, and though he was working out this offseason in preparation for a return in 2016-17, the Heat's team doctors were unwilling to clear him for training camp. The 11-time All-Star remains a member of the 15-man roster, but team president Pat Riley said in September that Bosh's career with Miami "probably is over," so it seems likely that he'll be waived Feb. 9 or later, when the team would be eligible to apply for salary-cap relief from his contract. Bosh, who was displeased with the organization's unwillingness to clear him and previously indicated that he planned to keep his career going, is perhaps coming to grips with the reality that his issues with blood clots are severe enough to present long-term complications if he were to continue playing. Even if Bosh becomes a free agent in February or after March 1 -- when he wouldn't be eligible to play in the postseason if he signs elsewhere -- it seems rather unlikely that a team would be willing to take a gamble on him, given his problematic medical history. Even in the deepest of leagues, Bosh doesn't make for a strong stash.
Riley's comments more or less confirm what Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski had suggested over the weekend, as Heat team doctors once again denied Bosh's return to the court by failing him in his pre-training camp physical. With Bosh having already suffered setbacks with blood clots in back-to-back seasons and still showing evidence of clotting in his left calf, it's looking quite possible that we've seen the last of him at the NBA level, since a return to the court would pose major medical risks. The Heat will still pay Bosh the remaining $76 million owed on his contract, but he'll have to remain on the 15-man roster until at least Feb. 9 in order for his salary not to count against the Heat's cap. Expect him to be waived after that date.
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After seeing his past two seasons come to an early end due to blood clot episodes, Bosh failed his preseason physical earlier this week and remains without a definite timetable to return. While Bosh intimated earlier in the offseason that he hoped to get back on the court for training camp while taking blood-thinning medication, doctors weren't willing to clear him after determining that evidence of clotting still existed in his left calf. Bosh has maintained for several months that he feels healthy and said Friday that he remains hopeful for an eventual return to the court, but the Heat's unwillingness to clear him has soured his relationship with the team brass, as Wojnarowski reports that Bosh hasn't spoken with team president Pat Riley for months. Since Bosh is signed for three more years and $76 million, the Heat remain on the hook for his entire contract, and would be unable to waive him until Feb. 9 in order for his contract not to count against the salary cap. Assuming that team doctors don't budge from their assessment of Bosh's condition within the next few months, look for the Heat to release him shortly before the All-Star break, which would effectively end his NBA career.
Bosh (blood clots) failed his physical and will be unable to practice for the start of training camp.
Bosh and the Heat indicated in the offseason that the all-star was ready to return but his failed physical leaves him without a timetable to return. He hasn't played since the all-star break in February and his status for the season opener against the Magic is in serious question.
Bosh (blood clots) went through physicals with the Heat's training staff Wednesday, but the team has yet to issue an update on his status for the upcoming season, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Bosh indicated earlier in the offseason that he believes he's ready to play again, a sentiment that was echoed by some members in the organization, including teammate Udonis Haslem. While Bosh can't be counted on to participate in training camp until he's officially cleared by team doctors, it appears there's growing momentum that the power forward will be able to return to the court this season after his previous two campaigns ended early due to blood clots. Bosh continues to take blood thinners to deal with his condition, and while the Heat were reluctant to let him play last season while on medication, the organization may have softened its stance. Expect a formal update on Bosh to arrive before the Heat begins camp later this month.
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