ESPN’s Zach Lowe published his annual “30 Crazy Predictions for the Upcoming NBA Season” column on Wednesday and in it, he predicts that a team will sign Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh for the veteran minimum salary later in the season if he is waived by his current franchise.
“Bosh wants to play, and some team will absolutely sign him for the minimum – even if it’s just for this season,” Lowe wrote. “Bosh is still going to get all his money from Miami, and suitors will try to coax him into signing through 2017-18.”
Bosh failed his physical with the Heat prior to training camp in September due to complications from blood clots. As a result, he has not been cleared to play and his future with Miami is in serious doubt. He is still under contract with the Heat for three more seasons at better than $23 million annually. Bosh averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games last season before issues with blood clots ended his campaign prematurely for the second consecutive year.
The veteran big man still thinks he is physically able to play, but the Heat have been cautious with the risk. That could mean his time with the franchise is over after six seasons. Lowe notes that if Miami does decide to waive Bosh, the team will wait until after March 1 to do so in order to ensure he will not be eligible to play in the postseason with whichever team decides to pick him up.
Despite the medical concerns, Bosh will surely have his fair share of suitors on the free agent market should Miami decide to cut ties with him. He is still only 32 years old and has been an All-Star every year since 2006.