Chris Bosh retiring is the best thing that could happen for the Miami Heat and their rebuilding process, according to the latest rumors and speculations. Team doctors did not medically clear the big man this week due to his blood clot problem and this could mean the end of the line for Bosh in his NBA career.
There were hopes, from Bosh’s side, that he would be able to make a comeback despite the injury issues but it’s speculated that he would put his life at risk if he plays again in the NBA. There were also rumors that the Heat could trade Bosh and his contract but it appears no team is willing to take a chance with Bosh.
“If a doctor tells me this is how it is and I don’t buy that, then I think I have the right to disagree with you. I know inside me I have a lot of talent, a lot of ability. I know I have it. It’s not a matter of if I’m going to play again, it’s when. So I took the bull by the horn,” Bosh said in a documentary for Uninterrupted.
The team announced on Friday that “it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return,” according to NBA.com.
Bosh has three years left in a five-year $118 million contract he signed in 2014. He has an average salary of about $24 million guaranteed until the 2018-2019 season.
However, if Bosh is not able to play again and is forced to retire due to his medical condition, the Heat can save money against the salary cap and clear space, which they can use by 2017 free agency.
The 2017 free agency class is expected to be a rich one with many star players hitting the market. Players like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Taj Gibson, Zach Randolph, George Hill and Kyle Korver, among others are expected to explore free agency and be part of the NBA rumors by next offseason.
Bosh remained positive despite the team not clearing him for return.
“Little setbacks happen, but that doesn’t change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs. So, it’s a down moment right now. But everything is going to be alright,” Bosh added.
While it’s very early for their plans next year, the Heat’s adjusted cap space without the contract of Bosh will allow them to be more flexible financially.
Chris Bosh retiring, while still just NBA rumors, will be the best-case scenario for the Miami Heat.
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