Chris Bosh did not play in the 2016-17 season after he failed his pre-season physical with the Heat due to his multiple issues with blood clots. The Heat have had Bosh’s salary on their cap for the entire season despite him not being with the team, but the two sides are reportedly close to an amicable split that will benefit both sides.
The deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, will allow Miami to shed Bosh’s $52.1 million from their cap figure over the next two seasons, while paying Bosh out most if not all of that money and allowing him to sign elsewhere if he can get medical clearance. Winderman reports the deal is close, while Jackson writes that, while still not official, Bosh has told those close to him that a verbal agreement is in place.
Bosh has made his intentions to continue playing basketball known, but the Heat doctors and staff were not willing to let him play. Bosh has argued that there is ample research and examples in pro sports of athletes playing after blood clots without it doing further damage to their health.