The Miami Heat ended the drama surrounding Chris Bosh on Wednesday, declaring the All-Star out for the remainder of the postseason because of blood-clotting issues.

This after Bosh sought the help of the National Basketball Players Association as he tried to compel the Heat and their medical staff to allow him to return to the floor. A meeting with the union on the Bosh matter reportedly did not take place but is still planned.

"The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible," the Heat said in a statement.

The joint announcement marked the first time the Heat had commented publicly on Bosh's future, and to a degree, it relieved some tension in a rare situation in which a player and team were at odds over health issues -- with the player, not the team, pushing for a return to play. But the resolution is only temporary, creating some pressing questions about Bosh's future.

And the Heat's.

Bosh missed the final two months of the 2014-15 regular season after blood clots traveled to his lungs -- a potentially deadly condition. He returned this season and played 53 games before an undisclosed medical condition was discovered heading into All-Star weekend, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

Bosh, 31, went solo with a statement in March to say he did not have deep vein thrombosis and to express optimism that he would return this season. Last week, Bosh's wife, Adrienne, caused a stir with the Twitter hashtag #BringBoshBack -- a clear message to the team to allow him to play.

The Heat's stated goal to "return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible" comes with some potentially messy implications. With the caveat that I am not a doctor, nor am I privy to Bosh's medical records (nor should I be), there are some procedural matters that will come into play.

If Bosh's condition is deemed to be career-ending, Miami would be able to waive Bosh and apply for a medical exception that would wipe his salary -- $23.7 million next season -- from its books. The medical determination would have to be made by a physician jointly selected by the league and the union, according to the collective bargaining agreement.

There is, however, a waiting period before such a salary exclusion can be granted. If the player appeared in 10 or more games in a season -- which Bosh did this season -- the team cannot apply for the exception until the one-year anniversary of his last game. In this case, that would be Feb. 9, 2017.

If Bosh were to return at any point prior to that, the clock would reset on that waiting period. In any event, there is no opportunity for salary cap relief regarding Bosh's contract this summer.

It should be noted that the provision was put in place to protect players from being forced to retire against their will, just so the team could gain some cap relief.

Now that Bosh has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, the battle over his future -- if there is going to be one -- would take place during the offseason and into next season.

That's when things could get messy.

As indicated by the Heat's refusal to allow him to return to the floor, the organization has made it clear that its concern is with the player's health as opposed to any benefit it would enjoy by bringing him back. That's good. Bosh is not just a basketball player, but a husband, father and person. No game is more important than your life, even if that game is your passion and profession.

But let's not be naive. There's a liability issue here, too -- plus the idea that holding Bosh out preserves the Heat's window to gain cap relief in the unfortunate event that his condition is determined to be career-ending. If Bosh were to return now, the Heat would have fewer options to replace him.

In the end, that's a scenario that nobody wants to see. We all want to see Bosh playing basketball again, but only if his health -- and life -- come first. 

What does the future hold for Chris Bosh? (USATSI)
What does the future hold for Chris Bosh? (USATSI)