Chris Bosh missed the entire 2016-17 NBA season and the second half of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA seasons due to blood clot issues. Bosh insisted in several interviews that he wants to continue playing but the Miami Heat doctors do not want to clear him. However, it seems like Bosh will resume his NBA career after the Heat agreed to part ways with him.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Bosh and the Heat have agreed to move on from each other after a series of negotiations that started last fall. Bosh is guaranteed to earn the remaining $52 million from his contract with the Heat. The agreement, if finalized, will remove Bosh from Miami’s salary cap with insurance covering most of his salary.
The deal has not been made official since Chris Bosh, his family, and representatives are reviewing the documents, but it is expected to be finalized. The NBA Players’ Association was also involved in the negotiations. However, it’s still not clear if other NBA teams’ medical staff will clear Bosh or how much money he is going to ask.
Nevertheless, several NBA teams are going to be interested in signing Bosh, an 11-time All-Star and a two-time NBA champion. At the age of 33, Bosh is still one of the best players in his position and he could give any team a much-needed boost. Here are the five potential destinations for Chris Bosh in the 2017 NBA Free Agency.
The Cavaliers are on their way to a third-straight NBA Finals appearance and they really don’t need Chris Bosh since Kevin Love is on their roster. However, LeBron James and the Cavaliers could become interested in signing Bosh this summer if they fail to beat the Golden State Warriors.
Bosh and James are very good friends and they played together, along with Dwyane Wade, in Miami for four years. They won two NBA championships and Bosh could help James win his fourth if he joins Cleveland this summer.
Chris Bosh is a Dallas native and the Mavericks are not afraid to take a gamble since they are owned by Mark Cuban. Dirk Nowitzki might be playing in his final season and Bosh could split minutes with him at the power forward position, assuming that the 33-year-old star is going to be playing restricted minutes because of his health condition.
The Mavericks are in rebuilding mode, but they boast one of the best coaches in Rick Carlisle. He managed to get the Mavericks to at least sniff the playoffs after a very poor start. Dallas is also getting younger with Harrison Barnes and Nerlens Noel. If Bosh wants to play again, it’s not a bad idea to come back home and play for his hometown team.
The Rockets ran out of gas in the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. However, they have exceeded expectations and they just need to add a couple of key pieces to contend again next season. Chris Bosh is a player that fits Mike D’Antoni’s system since he can shoot threes and play both the four and five positions.
According to a report by Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel back in 2014, the Rockets were very interested in signing Bosh to play alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets are a much better team now and their offense is suited for Bosh’s skill set. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey could make another pitch for Bosh. Also, Houston is also just three hours away from Dallas.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs were just swept by the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and they could use the excuse of not having Kawhi Leonard. However, the play of LaMarcus Aldridge was very concerning and it might be time for the Spurs to move on from him. Pau Gasol could also opt out of his deal and it can leave San Antonio with a shortage of power forwards.
Chris Bosh could rejuvenate his career with the Spurs, a team with one of the best medical staff in the NBA. They managed to preserve Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and other veterans’ health during their time in San Antonio. Bosh could be an upgrade for Aldridge but he won’t be the first option on offense. Leonard is still the superstar while Chris Paul could possibly be joining the Spurs this summer, per ESPN‘s Zach Lowe.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are the favorites to win the NBA championship this season, but they will need a lot of replenishing in the offseason. Several role players like Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, and Andre Iguodala are free agents. Golden State might need to replace them and one potential replacement is Chris Bosh.
It’s not far-fetched to think that the Warriors can convince Bosh to join them and possibly replace West in the lineup. Bosh already has two titles, but it’s not a bad idea to go after a third and fourth championship, something that he wanted to during his career in Miami. Chris Bosh to Golden State is only possible if Bosh is willing to take a veteran’s minimum and he gets cleared by the Warriors medical staff.
[Featured Image by Elsa/Getty Images]