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A medical review instituted by the NBA and players’ association agreed with the Miami Heat’s stance that Chris Bosh has a career-ending illness, according to the Palm Beach Post and Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
Bosh didn’t play last season because he failed a physical last September. This was after he missed most of the second half of the two previous seasons because of blood clots.
The Heat can now waive Bosh and clear his salary from, which would leave around $37 million in space heading into free agency. Bosh’s salary of $25.3 million for 2017-18 and $26.8 million for 2018-19 should be covered by insurance.
Bosh and the Heat reached a tentative deal in late May that cleared the path for the two sides to part ways.
Bosh was averaging 21.1 points and seven rebounds per game when he went into the hospital the Thursday after the All-Star Game of 2015.
In a statement, the team said at the time that “Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK, and his prognosis is good.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would only tell reporters that Bosh’s situation wasn’t life-threatening, and that doctors were conducting more tests.
Then on Feb. 21, one day later, the Heat announced Bosh’s season was over because of blood clots in his lungs.
Bosh came back for the 2015-16 season and was playing well. He played in 53 games, averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was on the Eastern Conference All-Star team but didn’t play because of what was called a calf strain. Then it was revealed a few days later that his blood clots had returned and he missed the remainder of the season.
He wanted to come back, even working on his game hoping to rejoin the Heat in the playoffs. The players union got involved, putting out a statement that said “Our top priority is Chris’ health and well-being,” the NBPA said in the statement. “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.”
But he was never able to come back. So he focused on returning for the 2016-17 season.
Then he failed a physical in September, before training camp, ending any chance he had of playing.