If the Chicago Bulls are indeed planning on making a run at Chris Bosh, Bulls guard and Bosh’s close friend Dwyane Wade wasn’t informed about that plan.
An ESPN report said the Bulls “are already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign” Bosh if he’s able to return to the basketball court next season.
“I play with the Bulls and I don’t even know that,” Wade said Friday to to the Chicago Tribune. “That’s news to me, he’s one of my good friends. The biggest thing with Chris is … his health. He’s not even playing basketball right now. Basketball is something he loves and I’m sure somewhere in the back of his mind he would love to be able to do again but I know his steps and that moment is not here now. I can’t even talk about next year.”
Heat president Pat Riley said in September that Bosh’s career with Miami “probably is over” after he failed a team physical before the season with lingering concerns connected to reoccurring blood clots. The 11-time All-Star has been away from the team since failing that physical, and also missed the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots.
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.
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.
“A lot of the issue with the Heat is at the end of the day he has something serious and they want to make sure it’s not life-threatening and then it goes from there,” Wade said to the Chicago Tribune.
“Things are said and things are done but at the end of the day as I’ve always said about Chris, I know Chris is worried about his health first. He has a family that he loves and he wants to make sure that he’s as healthy and whole as he can be. But also he loves the game of basketball so when that day comes there are always going to be stories about guys where they have friends at. Everyone knows he’s a good friend of mine so that’s probably where you get some of that. But besides that, he hasn’t told me that.”