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NBA Rumors: Chris Bosh return next season unlikely; NBA execs don’t see any team taking risk on aging superstar

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PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are close to finalizing a contract buyout that will enable the All-Star forward to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. However, some NBA executives don’t see any team willing to take the risk to let Bosh play on their team next season.

According to Ira Winderman of South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Bosh and the Heat are near to reach an agreement that would allow the team to remove Bosh’s salary from its salary cap without worrying that it would return to their cap. The Heat can now permanently remove Bosh’s $52.1 million salary even if he plays again with another team. As of now, Bosh isn’t yet ruling out an NBA return and expected to join a contender team once he’s cleared to play again.

Chris Bosh unlikely to play in the 2017-18 NBA season

Chris Bosh is currently dealing with blood clots that kept him sidelined for the 2016-17 NBA season. After a failed medical exam, Heat president Pat Riley announced that Bosh already played his last game in Miami. However, the All-Star forward said that there are still 29 NBA teams where he can continue his basketball career.

Once he officially becomes a free agent, several NBA teams are expected to express interest on Bosh. However, with his condition, it remains questionable if he can find a doctor that will clear him. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, some NBA executives shared their thoughts on Bosh’s situation.

“I don’t see how medical people will want to sign off and clear him,” a Western executive said. “Unless something has changed with his health recently … I don’t know of a team that would want to take that type of a risk. If something were to tragically happen, it’s hard to recover from that. Very unfortunate.”

Chris Bosh NBA retirement possible

Most of them don’t see any team willing to sign Bosh unless he’s 100 percent healthy and shows no trace of blood clots. As most people think, Bosh’s situation is more complicated that any other players who suffered an injury. If his chance of playing again is high, the Heat will surely be the first team to get his service.

“Miami had about $50 million reasons for him to play and could not get a doctor to clear him,” another West executive said. “Very unlikely the answer will be different at a team with $0 million reasons for him to play.”

If he fails to find a new team next season, there is higher possibility that Bosh will consider an NBA retirement. Bosh spent 13 seasons in the NBA where he won two NBA championship titles.

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