Chris Bosh has been sharing videos of his recent workouts on social media. He has been in the gym both on his own and with former teammate Dwyane Wade as he hopes to return to the Miami Heat this season. But the Miami Herald reports that despite a joint statement last spring meant to quell public scrutiny about a deterioration in the two sides’ relationship over Bosh’s status, he remains frustrated with how Miami is handling this as an organization.
We’re told the Bosh camp remains frustrated with the Heat’s handling of his situation, and that’s part of the reason Bosh and wife Adrienne have gone on a social media blitz this week. As one NBA official said, Bosh wants the public to know he wants to play amid the Heat’s silence.
The Heat has declined to say if Bosh will be cleared – Bosh has been awaiting word himself – but the team disputes any notion that it is trying to keep him off the court to remove his salary from the cap.
To help settle or at least monitor this very serious situation between the Heat and Bosh, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel is reporting the NBA could very well get involved and give their input to both sides on how to handle the ordeal.
What could set up as another standoff between forward Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat is now expected to have at least one more party in play, with the NBA itself anticipated to become part of the…
This is going to continue until Bosh either retires or is cleared. Bosh isn’t going to be happy until Miami clears him, and the Heat continue to have very real concerns about his health and safety as well as their legal liability.
It’s worth noting that the Heat will be able to clear Bosh’s contract off the cap sheet if he plays fewer than 10 games and suffers a “career-ending” setback. In the event of that, Bosh’s nearly $75 million in remaining salary comes off the Heat’s books. That transaction could not occur until after Bosh’s 10th game, or Feb. 9, the last game Bosh played in 2015-16, whichever comes later. So if Bosh plays 10 games in December, and then has to retire, then the Heat could conceivably sign … some sort of veteran who was waived or conceivably absorb money in a trade deadline deal.
But if Bosh is done with the NBA, then point blank, the Heat are doomed for the short term. Hassan Whiteside is good, Goran Dragic is good, but a healthy Chris Bosh is the only really great player on that roster until Justise Winslow comes into his own.
Additionally, if Bosh were to suffer that medical retirement out of pressure from the Heat, then sign with another team and play 25 games, the entirety of Bosh’s contract goes back on the Heat’s cap space. Would Pat Riley really risk putting the Heat into deep luxury tax issues and risk further alienating a player that helped win the team two titles just so they can create some cap room to likely sign worse players?
Chris Bosh remains frustrated with the Heat. Getty Images
They need Bosh, there’s no reason for them to want to push him out the door.
This is a touchier situation than most NBA drama. Heat personnel have been tight-lipped about what’s going on. Bosh is the only one talking, and he only has one message: He’s going to play in the NBA again. We’ll see how this shakes out.
Courtesy: CBS Sports