Miami Heat President Pat Riley said Monday that the team views Chris Bosh’s career with the team as over, that the team no longer is working toward his return.
“We are not,” Riley said in his office at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return.
“We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over.”
Asked if he felt Bosh’s NBA career was over, as well, Riley said, “that’s up to him.”
Chris Bosh has a different view and he said “Yeah, I’ll be there,” he said about training camp on a recent Uninterrupted podcast. “Will I be cleared? I don’t know. That’s out of my hands. I will play basketball in the N.B.A. I’m confident.”
Let's assume that Heat could just cut Chris Bosh (buyout agreement) and he becomes a free agent in the middle of the 2016/17 season.
Of course, he must be 100% ready and that is the only condition to play again in the NBA.
He has three very interesting destinations and I'm sure he will select one of them.
Dallas Mavericks: Hometown
Two years ago Dallas Mavericks tried to sign Chris Bosh, but he decided to stay in Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade.
Now, he doesn't know how many years he can play on the highest level and they can offer him no more than 30 minutes per game.
He could have his role, coming off the bench or even in the starting lineup with Dirk Nowitzki this season.
Dallas Mavericks is always the interesting destination, and with Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut, the Mavericks could get one of the best power forwards in the last 10 years.
Can they attack the Spurs and the Warriors with Chris Bosh? That is a very difficult question, depending on Chris Bosh' health, but he could help them to play against any team in the NBA.
Bosh is a great perimeter shooter like Dirk Nowitzki. Deron Williams could call the pick, and Bosh and Dirk could spread the floor and score from the distance. It could be a nightmare for defenders, I guess.
Toronto Raptors: The Beginning
13 years ago he started a career with the Raptors and now he can finish with them. He played there seven amazing seasons and Raptors fans would like to watch him again.
Now, they are a very good team (maybe the best in the Eastern Conference after Cleveland Cavaliers) and they need only a good power forward at this moment.
DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, DeMarre Carroll, Jonas Valanciunas and Chris Bosh. Not bad at all.
I would like to watch him once again in Toronto, and this is maybe the best destination for Chris Bosh.
LeBron James said he was "surprised" the Heat essentially washed its hands of Chris Bosh on Monday and even more so that Miami team president Pat Riley came out and said as much.
Chris Bosh already played with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and they won two NBA Championships.
Why not to try once again? Cleveland Cleveland have Kevin Love, and with Bosh, they can spread the floor and help LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to use more isolation than before.
This is a very interesting option for Chris Bosh and one thing is sure... he will play in the NBA Finals 2017 if he decides to join Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.