Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat agreed on terms to go their separate ways last week but will any teams take a waiver on the former All-Star?
The 11-time All-Star is now an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team. The Heat and Bosh decided to part ways because a diagnosis of blood clots and his inability to get cleared to play by the team’s medical staff. The former two-time NBA champion missed the entire 2016-17 season and has only played 97 games since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Bosh has stated multiple times that he has the intention to play in the NBA again but will anyone give him a chance? David Aldridge of NBA.com surveyed NBA executives to see if there was interest out there for Bosh and they did not see it happening.
“Miami had about $50 million reasons for him to play and could not get a doctor to clear him. Very unlikely the answer will be different at a team with $0 million reasons for him to play.”
“There will be interest, but the health risks outweigh the upside for most organizations.”
“There will surely be interest, but it may be hard to find a doctor that will clear him.”
“There will be (interest) if his medical checks out OK, which seems doubtful at this point.”
“I don't see how medical people will want to sign off and clear him. Unless something has changed with his health recently … I don't know of a team that would want to take that type of a risk. If something were to tragically happen, it's hard to recover form that. Very unfortunate.”
Bosh has had a terrific career with both the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors. In 13 seasons in the NBA, Bosh averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. During the 2006-07 season, Bosh finished seventh in the MVP voting after the most successful season of his NBA career. He is eighth all-time in NBA history in rebounds with 5,665 rebounds in his career.
Every team in the NBA knows that Bosh can still play at a high level but the health issues have overshadowed everything. Signing and playing Bosh could cause a sort of moral hazard for the team and organization. Even if he passes the physical with whatever team signs him, I’m not sure many organizations would be comfortable putting him out on the floor.
The Bosh situation will be something to watch as the off-season progresses but as of right now, it does not appear Bosh will be suiting up to play in the NBA this season.