LOS ANGELES — Chris Bosh is technically still a member of the Heat’s 15-man roster. But he has been away from the team since failing his preseason physical in September.
In fact, Bosh has not played in a game since February due to ongoing blood clot issues. Miami lists the 11-time All-Star as inactive on game nights without a reason for his absence.
So what has Bosh been up to during his time away from basketball?
“For me, I kind of just follow my passions and follow what I love to do and use my free time to kind of answer those questions and go through my bad moods and maybe a little light case of depression,” Bosh said via the Associated Press on Thursday, speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “Really, to search for what I’m looking for. And I’ve come to some interesting conclusions. It’s all about following my heart and what made me happy.”
Heat president Pat Riley said in September that Bosh’s career with Miami “probably is over.” The 32-year-old Bosh had his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons cut short at the All-Star break because of blood clot issues, missing 73 games (including the playoffs) over the past two seasons.
At the CES gadget show, Bosh said he’s “kind of getting the taste of retirement now.” But he did not discuss whether he plans to continue his NBA career or not.
“I’m still learning more about myself and my situation, and really off the court how to function there because I’m kind of getting the taste of retirement now,” Bosh said. “Just trying to navigate those waters because it gets a little complicated sometimes. … Hoping one day that the stars align and I figure some things out and things kind of just go my way and I’ll be able to do what I want to do. I don’t know what that is yet.”
The Heat are eligible to apply for salary-cap relief from Bosh’s contract starting on Feb. 9 — the one-year anniversary of the last game Bosh played. Although Bosh is guaranteed the $76 million he is owed for this and the next two seasons, he would no longer count toward the Heat’s salary cap if they are able to get his contract off the books.
Miami could wait until after March 1 to release Bosh so he’s not eligible to play in the playoffs with another team. This benefits the Heat because if he were to play 25 total games this season for another team/teams — in the regular season and playoffs — then his cap hit would go back on Miami’s books.
If the Heat wait until after March 1, they would prevent Bosh from reaching that number this season. That would mean the Heat would be able to use Bosh’s cap space ($25.3 million in extra cap space this summer), if granted by the NBA, during free agency this upcoming summer without the danger of it being taken back.