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Report: ‘Growing optimism’ on Bosh return

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The Heat’s highest-paid player is likely to return in 2016-17

Chris Bosh

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Sunday that there is “growing optimism about Chris Bosh being cleared by the Heat to resume his career while remaining on blood thinners, according to a union source.” Jackson added that barring a setback, it would be a surprise if Bosh isn’t cleared to play.

This report could settle a question that has hung over the Heat since the All-Star forward/center went down with blood clots last February. Bosh and Heat staff members clashed during the team’s playoff run last season over the player’s desire to play.

Jackson added that it “remains to be seen” whether Bosh will play for the entire season. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reported that the Heat are considering putting Bosh on a “maintenance program” that would hold the two-time champion out of some games — like the second night of a back-to-back set. Miami previously used this strategy for Dwyane Wade during the 2013-14 season and Mike Miller the year prior.

A “maintenance program” for Bosh would be different than the ones for Wade and Miller, of course. Bosh wouldn’t necessarily be on this truncated schedule because of a proneness to injury, but due to the uncertainty about playing on blood thinners.

It’s great to hear that Bosh may be cleared to play. Let’s hope Bosh is able to put in a full year of work.