The Heat sound done with Chris Bosh, but they reportedly won’t waive Bosh until after March 1.
That’s their only way of of ensuring Bosh won’t count against the salary cap next summer, if a doctor deems his career over. If he plays 25 games (regular-season and playoffs combined) with another team, his salary would be returned to the Heat’s cap. He could play 28 playoff games alone, but if waived after March 1, he wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s the only prudent path for Miami.
How does Bosh feel about being stuck most of the season and then ineligible for the playoffs?
Maybe not as aggrieved as you’d think.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
we hear Bosh – who wants to play again – isn’t necessarily planning to play this season.
At the moment, an attempted comeback next season is considered more likely (with another team, if he can find one to clear him medically), though it’s impossible for Bosh or anyone to know how soon he can play.
Bosh is making no attempt, at this time, to force the issue and make the Heat release him.
Bosh’s blood clots are a serious issue, and most doctors agree he can’t safely play while on blood thinners and that blood thinners are necessary for him after multiple clotting episodes. There are mixed signals how much Bosh respects the danger.
So, I can see him preferring a fresh start in 2017-18 rather than rushing into a new situation for March and April.
But there are several steps before Bosh can join another team, even then.
First, an doctor jointly selected by the NBA and union must rule whether playing NBA basketball would subject Bosh to a “medically unacceptable risk of suffering a life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness.”
If a doctor doesn’t make that determination, the Heat have no salary-cap incentive to waive Bosh. If a doctor does make that determination, will another team really sign him?
At best, there’s a very narrow path to Bosh playing again outside Miami – no matter when he feels ready.