MIAMI — Chris Bosh isn’t playing basketball this season, but he will be speaking about the sport soon.
Bosh is joining TNT as a studio analyst for the next five weeks beginning on Monday at 7 p.m. The 11-time All-Star will be part of the network’s new “Players Only” series.
The “Players Only” series is “centered on showcasing the game exclusively through the unique lens of the professional basketball player,” according to a press release. The commentators appearing on the series will all be current and/or former NBA players.
Bosh will appear alongside Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis to provide studio commentary from Turner Studios in Atlanta.
Bosh has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 due to ongoing blood clot issues.
Even though the 32-year-old has not played for the Heat or been around the team this season, he still counts as part of Miami’s 15-man roster. The Heat have been listing Bosh as inactive on game nights without a reason for his absence.
Miami became eligible to apply for salary-cap relief from Bosh’s contract on Feb. 9 — the one-year anniversary of the last game he played. He’s being paid $23.7 million this season and $52.1 million over the next two seasons.
But the Heat have not begun that process yet, with the expectation that the team will until after March 1 to apply for Bosh’s contract to come off the books.
If Miami waits until after March 1 to release Bosh, he won’t be eligible to play in the playoffs this season with another team. This benefits the Heat because if Bosh 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 even though it has already released him.
By waiting until after March 1 to release Bosh, it basically guarantees the Heat will be able to use his cap space, if granted by the NBA, during free agency this upcoming summer without the danger of it being taken back. If Miami is able to get Bosh’s contract off the books, the Heat will gain an extra $25.3 million in cap space this summer.
The news that Bosh is set to appear as a TNT studio analyst for the next five weeks shows just how unlikely a return to the court is this season.