The Miami Heat lost two important players this summer when Dwyane Wade chose to sign with the Chicago Bulls and Chris Bosh is uncleared to play due to blood clot issues. Can Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic carry the Heat to 2017 NBA playoffs?
In 2010, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh decided to team up in Miami with the goal of winning multiple championship titles. After winning the NBA Finals twice, ‘The King’ decided to return to Cleveland Cavaliers, who is currently the reigning NBA champions.
In the recent offseason, Dwyane Wade decided to leave the Heat and play for his hometown team, Chicago Bulls. It was one of the most dramatic scenes as Wade is expected to end his career in Miami. However, it seems like the 34-year-old shooting guard is now happy in Chicago.
In the nearing start of the 2016-16 NBA season, the Miami Heat will be losing another key player with Chris Bosh uncleared to play due to blood clot issues. In the past months, Bosh was seen in the gym and there is a growing optimism that he will be playing next season.
However, Heat president Pat Riley said that Chris Bosh will not play next season after failing another examination.
“I think Chris is still open-minded, but we are not working toward his return,” Riley said. “We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over.”
If Chris Bosh will be having a medical retirement, the Miami Heat will only be waiting until February until his salary cap hit is cleared on the book. This will help the Heat to improve their roster next summer and look for the replacement of their ‘Big Three’.
For now, Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic are tasked to lead the Miami Heat next season. In the ESPN Summer Forecast, the Heat is predicted to finish in the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference with a projected record of 36-46.
At some point, it is easy to say why the Heat is bound to miss the 2017 NBA playoffs. Not only Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are gone, but also Luol Deng and Joe Johnson. With a new era starting in Miami, the Heat should prove that they are still capable of becoming a playoff contender next season.
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