The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh can’t still decide if the big man will be allowed to return to the NBA next season. Latest NBA rumors out of Florida is that Josh McRoberts, who will be the Heat starting power forward if Bosh does not return, will not be traded by the team in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Is this a sign that Bosh is nearing retirement because of his blood clot condition? Or will the star PF still play and McRoberts will serve as back-up forward?
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald claims that the Heat has “indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the team’s plan for this season”, with McRoberts’ agent as the reporter’s source.
McRoberts is in a friendly deal with the Heat, who will pay the veteran forward $5.8 million this upcoming season. He also has a player option for $6 million in the 2017-2018 season. McRobert’s friendly contract has him involved in some NBA rumors since the team can easily trade him.
McRoberts can play both frontcourt positions, and if Bosh returns, he will serve as a back-up both for Bosh and star center Hassan Whiteside. If Bosh does not return, McRoberts is the likely starter with Derrick Williams, Udonis Haslem and Justise Winslow as the other power forwards.
McRoberts will be playing his 10th season in the NBA in the upcoming season and in the last two years with the Heat, he has missed most of the games because of various injuries. Last year, he played in 42 games with averages of 3.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in just 14.2 minutes per game.
With Miami not trading Josh McRoberts, are the Heat expecting the worst-case scenario for Bosh, who can retire from the NBA because of his blood clot condition?
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