Bosh confirmed in an appearance this week on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" that he's no longer pursuing a return to professional basketball, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. "That part of my life is over. That has been a tough thing to deal with, but I'm good, which has taken a long time [for me to accept]...I could have kept playing. But man, that time has passed. I've made the decision not to pursue it anymore," Bosh told Simmons. Bosh made his last NBA appearance came Feb. 9, 2016 before doctors discovered that he was dealing with a recurrence of blood clots. The Heat shut him down for the rest of the season as a result of the condition, but Bosh had been hopeful to return in 2016-17 while taking blood thinners. Because of the heightened medical risk that would present, multiple doctors were unwilling to clear Bosh to play, much to the veteran's frustration. Bosh was later released by the Heat in July 2017 and had kept the faint hope of playing alive, but his medical situation made teams to reluctant to take a flier on the big man. Now apparently at peace with life after basketball, Bosh is set to have his jersey retired by the Heat on March 26, officially spelling an end to a 13-year career that included 11 All-Star appearance and two NBA titles.
Bosh, who hasn't played competitive basketball since Feb. 9, 2016, could petition the NBA for a return to the court during the upcoming season, Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports. Bosh has been out of the league since the summer of 2017, when the Heat officially released him after the team was unwilling to clear him for game action following multiple recurrences of blood clots. Though Bosh would face substantial risk of life-threatening internal bleeding as a result of the hard contact inherent in basketball, it apparently hasn't dissuaded him from calling an end to his career. The 34-year-old Bosh would likely have to overcome several hurdles -- both legal and physical -- before teams indulge his request to play again, but Deveney speculates that the Lakers would be the most logical landing spot for the 11-time All-Star. Bosh maintains a residence in the Los Angeles area and has plenty of familiarity with the newly signed LeBron James from their four years as teammates in Miami.
Bosh indicated Thursday that he's pondering a potential NBA comeback, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. "I've been in the gym. I can still play basketball. No, I'm not done yet," Bosh said. Bosh has been out of the league since the 2015 season, which was when he first found out about a potentially life-threatening blood clot issue. At the time, the Heat medical staff wasn't willing to let him play through it, though Bosh now believes the condition can be managed. It's unclear if any other NBA team would be willing to bring Bosh in due to those health concerns and at this point, nothing is imminent. That said, it appears Bosh still has the itch to play and he's going to do everything he can to latch on with a contender by next season. "Next season, yeah," Bosh said of a potential comeback. "The roster spots haven't been filled this season yet, so it's always a possibility."
Bosh has officially been waived by the Heat. As expected, the Heat have waived Bosh, clearing his remaining $52.1 million salary off the books as a result of a medical exception due to blood clot episodes. Bosh last played during the 2015 season, where he averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 boards over 53 games. As a testament to Bosh's accomplishments with the Heat, Pat Riley has indicated that Bosh's jersey will be retired. All signs indicate that Bosh will likely retire and possibly work in television, as he did with Turner Sports for a period of five weeks during last season.
Bosh has unofficially agreed to part ways with the Heat in a deal made between him, the team, the union and the NBA, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. The Heat would receive "maximum cap relief" before the start of free agency. The deal, while still unofficial, seems all but done. Once everything is sorted out, the Heat will permanently clear Bosh's remaining $52.1 million salary off the books, even if he resumes his career elsewhere. The 33-year-old hasn't taken the floor during the past season and a half due to blood clot episodes, for which he remains on blood thinners. He last played during the 2015 season, where he averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds while playing 53 games. It's unknown at this time if he will officially retire soon, but he worked as a guest studio analyst for Turner sports for a period of five weeks during this past season -- seemingly testing the waters outside of his playing career.
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