NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Could Trade Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh has been the subject of many discussions over the last couple years for the Miami Heat. He has had major health scares due to the blood clot issue that he has, but has not stopped pushing to play despite the medical staff not clearing him for action. Just a couple days ago according to a report from ESPN, Bosh failed a physical and therefore was not cleared by the Heat to play.
Despite not being cleared to play once again, Bosh has continued to push and publicly state that he will play. Last year in the NBA playoffs, his wife publicly called the Heat out for not allowing Bosh to play even with the health issues that he was dealing with.
Due to the gap between the Heat and Bosh, there is a decent chance that trade options could be explored. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports made it clear that the Heat believe Bosh might be done with the franchise.
Sources: Miami Heat increasingly believe Chris Bosh's career with franchise is over. For months, Bosh hasn't wanted to speak with Pat Riley.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2016
Needless to say, it’s disappointing that the two sides have come to this point. Bosh was once considered one of the best forwards in the NBA, and if his blood clots hadn’t become a major issue, he likely still would be.
— Ball Don’t Lie (@Balldontlie) September 23, 2016
Bosh was able to play in and start 53 regular season games last year for the Heat. He averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field overall and knocking down 36.5 percent of his three-point shots. If the Heat did decide to shop Bosh in trade talks, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find an interested team assuming their asking price isn’t high.
Obviously, Bosh’s health concerns are going to scare quite a few teams away. That being said, if the Heat are simply looking for a future pick or a salary dump type of deal, trading him won’t be difficult.
At 32-years-old, Bosh could still have a few good years of basketball left in him. If he can find a team willing to let him play with the blood clot issue, finding a deal would be even easier. That is not suggesting that playing through the issue is a good idea, in fact playing with it would be exactly the opposite.
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) September 23, 2016
It will be interesting to hear if trade rumors begin popping up with Bosh’s name attached to them.
Miami has to make the best move for their franchise and cannot afford to worry about loyalty to a player that helped bring multiple championships to the team. Bosh meant a lot to the Heat a few years back, but his attitude and the growing rift between the two parties needs to be addressed.
Pat Riley is normally a very likable boss, but obviously, Bosh is not happy that he isn’t being cleared to play. Bosh hasn’t handled the situation all that maturely, but it is understandable that he is frustrated by having the prime of his career cut short because of health issues.
Hopefully, the Heat and Bosh can figure things out and find a way to remain together moving forward. In an ideal world, Bosh would end up getting cleared to play before the start of the 2016-17 regular season. Miami is likely open to keeping Bosh if his health problems get taken care of, but they aren’t going to hold onto a player that isn’t capable of playing.
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— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 25, 2016
Expect to hear quite a few rumors come up over the next month as the season continues to draw closer. Bosh may end up requesting a trade to a team that will work with him to play him despite the health concerns. If he does request a trade, don’t be surprised if Riley does everything he can to grant the request.
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