Chris Bosh’s career might be over in the Miami Heat but he remains optimistic that there will be another team who will give him the chance to continue his basketball career. However, playing with another team will prevent the Heat from removing his salary from the book.
After series of failed physical examination, the Miami Heat announced that Chris Bosh will not be playing for the 2016-17 NBA season. The All-Star forward was sidelined after suffering a blood clot that threatens his basketball career and even his life. Bosh expressed his disappointment with the Heat and revealed that he was not personally informed by the management.
“I guess my career in Miami’s done. My career’s not done,” Bosh said. “There’s 29 other teams, it’s a whole league. One team does not make up the opinion of everything.”
Chris Bosh is under contract with the Heat until 2018-19 for $76 million. With the current situation, the Heat will have to wait until March 1 to waive Bosh. This will automatically remove Bosh’salary from the book, enabling the Heat to pursue one or two superstars in the 2017 NBA free agency.
However, Chris Bosh already said that he is not yet giving up his basketball career. There are speculations that some NBA teams are already expressing their interest in acquiring him once the Heat waive his contract. However, if Bosh plays for another team, his existing contract will put the Heat in the luxury tax again.
Zach Lowe of ESPN opened up the possibility that Bosh will be signing to another team to a veteran-minimum deal.
“That is Miami’s financial nightmare: The Heat spend a gazillion on free agents this summer, and Bosh plays at least 25 games elsewhere in 2017-18 — at which point, NBA rules require his salary nestle back atop Miami’s cap number. That could send the Heat flying into luxury tax hell. Miami hasn’t found a middle ground that would allow it to waive Bosh and proceed with financial certainty. Bosh is under no obligation to provide them with one.” Lowe said.
Chris Bosh may not be seen in action in the upcoming season but if he continues to recover and gets in shape, there is a higher possibility that he will be back in the 2017-18 NBA season, not with the Heat, but with another NBA team.
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