It looks like Chris Bosh's NBA journey is finally coming to a close.
Earlier today, an NBA-mandated medical review found that Bosh's blood clot illness met the guidelines to be considered a career-ending injury.
Per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
"A medical review by the NBA and the players' union has agreed with the Miami Heat's position that Chris Bosh has suffered a career-ending illness, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed with parties involved with the process.
The medical ruling was sought because of the unique circumstances of the case with Bosh, who sat out this past season following a failed preseason physical, after missing the second half of each of the previous two seasons due to blood clots.
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. The Heat have put off that maneuver until such salary-cap space is required, either for a possible trade at or near the June 22 NBA draft or the July 1 start of NBA free agency.
Bosh is guaranteed his remaining $25.3 million salary for 2017-18 and $26.8 million salary for 2018-19, much of it covered by insurance."
What does this mean for Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat?
Well for the Heat, this ruling means that Miami will now be able to place Bosh on waivers to clear his salary from their cap. Bosh will still be paid the full amount ($52.1 million) owed to him over the next two years, but that cash will not affect the Heat's cap room. This means Miami will now have approximately $37 million this offseason to try and lure in free agents.
For Bosh, this decision all but rules out a return to the Heat, and all will be confirmed once they waive him in the near future. However, this decision doesn't mean Bosh is forced to retire and leave the league for good. If CB can prove to the same panel that made this decision that he is healthy and is capable of playing again, he is free to sign with any of the 29 other teams who may want his services. However, due to Bosh's condition, and the moral and legal ramifications that will affect the team he signs with and the NBA as a whole if something does go wrong, this doesn't seem very likely.
Chris Bosh will finish his Miami Heat stint as a 2-time NBA champion, an 11-time All-Star, an All-NBA Second Teamer, and an Olympic gold medalist in 2008.