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.
Bosh (blood clots) will work as a guest studio analyst for Turner Sports over the next five weeks and seems to have ruled out a potential return this season, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
Bosh made his debut on TNT on Monday night, signaling that he's already started to thinking about his post-playing career after team doctors failed his physical due to complications stemming from blood clots, an issue the big man has dealt with since February 2015. Once an independent doctor rules that Bosh's blood clots are a career-ending condition, the Heat are expected to clear the remaining two years of his five-year, $118.7 million contract from their books at some point after March 1, though Bosh will still be paid out his salary in full. Heat president Pat Riley acknowledged in September that Bosh's career with Miami was likely over, and though a release from the team wouldn't preclude the 32-year-old from exploring opportunities elsewhere, it seems that Bosh is becoming increasingly more receptive to retirement.
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