The Miami Heat have released a short statement on the status of Chris Bosh, who has not played since the All-Star break because of a recurrence of blood clots.
The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. The HEAT, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible.
There had been reports that Bosh was eager to return to the court and that he felt fine. Soon after, the National Basketball Players Association requested that Bosh and the Miami Heat resolve the situation in a meeting as soon as possible even while Bosh traveled with the team during the playoffs.
"Our top priority is Chris' health and well-being," the NBPA told Deadspin.com in a statement tweeted out by a reporter. "We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation."
As the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman has pointed out, in the unfortunate case Bosh must retire from the game because of his medical condition, his contract would come off the books a year from the date he last played for the Heat on Feb. 9.
Should Bosh's situation turn into the worst case of retirement, the Heat would not receive salary-cap relief for one year, until the one-year anniversary of such an announcement. That means the Heat would have to carry Bosh's full $23.7 million 2016-17 salary on their salary cap through the 2016 offseason free-agency and trading period.
Should Bosh be unable to continue his career, he would still receive the balance on his contract, which runs through 2018-19.
Though the loss of arguably their most important player was greatly felt, the Heat were able to add Joe Johnson to the mix and qualified for the playoffs as the No. 3 seed, where they currently hold a 1-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.