Chris Bosh has had to deal with a blood clot problem last two years but is set for return to the Miami Heat roster next season, according to team owner Micky Arison. NBA rumors had linked the Heat big man to retirement but with the latest news it looks like Bosh will try to return to the league and help Miami back to playoff contender status.
Arison, one of the team’s owners with major stake in the franchise, hinted at the return of Chris Bosh to Miami in a team letter to the Heat’s season-ticket holders.
“What won’t change is the culture of this organization. The Miami Heat is a Championship organization. I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the Heat Family to continue our mantra of being the ‘hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA,” Arison’s letter read.
The mention of Bosh in the letter will be good news for the Heat fans who are still smarting from the loss of previous franchise player Dwyane Wade. The veteran shooting guard chose to leave the Heat and go to his hometown Chicago and signed a two-year deal with the Heat’s rival, the Bulls.
Bosh’s return will make the Heat maintain their playoff contender status even without Wade. Miami re-signed free agents Whiteside and Tyler Johnson this 2016 offseason and both could join Bosh in the starting line-up.
Along with Dragic and Winslow plus a healthy Bosh, Miami could return to the NBA Playoffs again in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
The Heat are not in the same level as East contenders Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers but could challenge for a playoff spot along with other East hopefuls like the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets.
With the Bosh possible return, there will be NBA rumors that he will possibly be used by the Heat as a trade bait in future deals.
Bosh has three years left in his contract that will pay him about $24 million per season. Teams will be worried about his health and length of contract but contenders might want to deal for him at the right price.
Miami is in rebuilding mode with the departure of Wade and trading Chris Bosh for young prospects or future first round picks is a good move for the Heat’s future.
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