Chris Bosh Medically Ruled To Have Career-Ending Illness

The ruling leaves only the formality of the team placing the former All-Star forward on waivers to remove Bosh, 33, from their salary cap. That time is expected to be fairly soon, with the NBA Draft coming on June 22 followed nine days later by the start of free agency.

The removal of Bosh from the team's salary cap will leave the Heat with over $38 million in cap space this summer, not counting Wayne Ellington, whose $6.3 million salary will be guaranteed only if he's on the Heat's roster after July 7. Under the current rules, if he were to return and play more than 25 games for another team, his cap hit would return to the Heat's books and they would potentially face luxury tax penalties. But under the terms of the expiring collective bargaining agreement, Bosh's contract could have returned to Miami's books if he played more than 25 games with another National Basketball Association team. "It got a little sideways at the end because of feelings and things of that nature". Miami was able to apply for Bosh having a career-ending illness on the date that marked a full season missed in February.

Earlier this week, both sides had struck a tentative agreement in which Chris Bosh would be let go without the risk of the Heat suffering any potential future salary cap complications should he ultimately seek to make a comeback.

Heat President Riley hinted at the close of the season, after the Heat finished 41-41 and failed to make the playoffs for the second time in the three series Bosh has been sidelined, that the parties were working toward a resolution.

  • Julie Sanders