In a ruling that further helps add clarity to the Miami Heat's salary cap projection entering what is expected to be a busy offseason, an National Basketball Association medical review has reportedly sided with the franchise and agreed that Chris Bosh has indeed suffered a career-ending illness. He's due to make $25.3 million next season and $26.8 million in 2018-19 as part of the five-year deal he signed in 2014.
Bosh will be removed from Miami's salary cap once he is waived.
"Look,"Heat president Pat Riley said to the Sun-Sentinel, "there isn't anybody in this organization that feels worse for C.B. than I do". But most of his contract is covered by insurance and his contract will no longer count against the Heat's salary cap. Miami was able to apply for Bosh having a career-ending illness on the date that marked a full season missed in February.
The Herald reported in mid May that Bosh, an 11-time All-Star, had told family members that an agreement had been struck among the National Basketball Association, the Heat, the player's union and himself to part ways at some point in the coming weeks. However, under the CBA that goes into place July 1, once a medical panel comes to an agreement that it no longer considered safe for Bosh to continue his career, there no longer is the risk of Bosh's cap charge or luxury-tax hit returning to the Heat's book. It could also provide enough cap space to re-sign key free agents James Johnson and Dion Waiters.