With today’s disheartening news of Chris Bosh having another medical setback in his return to the NBA, it appears the future Hall of Famer will not fight the Miami Heat when they likely look to clear his monster contract from their cap in February, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.
That would occur on February 9, one year after his last game.
“Now for that to happen,” Jackson says on the Big O Show, “Bosh would need to be released from the roster at that point and then the doctor that would be approved by both the union and the league would have to rule that Bosh could not continue to play or that it would not be prudent for him to continue to play.
“Now at this point, it does not look like Bosh will fight that. He might change his mind. It’s conceivable maybe in two or three weeks or two or three months, he might decide he wants to fight it and wants to play again but as of this moment, Chris Bosh understands he is unable to play at this point. Now even if Bosh does fight this, though, I think the Heat is in very good position to have his salary cleared from the cap.”
Now this doesn’t mean Bosh won’t get paid the roughly $52 million he’s owed after this upcoming season, it merely means it won’t count against the Heat’s salary cap for the 2017-18 campaign and beyond.
If the Heat clears the contract, they would have around $43 million in cap space next summer, per Jackson, more than enough dough to throw at while free agents like Steph Curry or Kevin Durant, both long shots to leave Golden State, in addition to stars like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Paul Millsap.
One interesting tidbit that Barry “Nuggets” Jackson also shared was that if they expunged his salary and Bosh then eventually got cleared to play, his deal would go back on Miami’s books at that point.
But by then, even in that unlikely scenario, the Heat probably would have already used its cap space. It’d be a moot point from a player-acquisition standpoint and only affect the team from a tax standpoint.
It’s a sad day for the Boshes and Heat Nation, as Jackson says Bosh was told he would very likely be cleared to play this season had he cleared his physical without any red flags.
But it’s apparent Bosh, who has nothing left to prove at this point amid a remarkable NBA career, still isn’t right medically. Hopefully he begins to recognize that it’s not in his best interest to fight to play while putting his long-term health at risk. The 32-year-old has a long life ahead of him, with five children in tow, and needs to put his health first.
Even if Chris Bosh never plays another NBA game, he will walk away with two titles, 11 All-Star appearances, a future spot in the hall, and be known as one of the best two-way bigs of his time, one who sacrificed personal glory for the sake of winning during the Heat’s Big Three Era.