Chris Bosh, Miami Heat Agree To Part Ways
The Miami Heat, Chris Bosh and the players’ association have tentatively agreed to a resolution that would allow all parties to move on, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
Bosh, 33, hasn’t played since February 2016 because of blood clot issues. He has remained on the Heat roster as the sides have worked through complex medical and legal issues in this delicate and unique situation.
The agreement hasn’t been finalized as Bosh and his family, agents and lawyers are still reviewing documents.
Both the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald reported that the sides were in talks Tuesday. It’s a process that has played out since last fall, when Heat team doctors declined to clear Bosh to take part in training camp following blood test results.
- Bosh is guaranteed $52 million over the next two seasons, though a significant portion of that is covered by insurance. But he has remained on the Heat’s salary cap, limiting their ability to replace him. This agreement is expected to remove Bosh from the cap and allow the Heat to move on with their team.
- The Heat will end up with between $14 million and $37 million in cap room, depending on player options, team options and waivers decisions.
- Part of the reason this process has been so drawn out is the sides are caught between two collective bargaining agreements with differing rules on players with potentially life-threatening medical conditions. The new CBA, which takes effect July 1, has new policies for evaluating player health, partially because of Bosh’s situation.