It’s been nearly a year since Chris Bosh was medically cleared to play basketball for the Miami Heat. Bosh, who has dealt with blood clot issues over the last few years, still has a strong desire to return to the court where he was still a very effective player before his most recent clotting episode.
Despite Bosh’s desire to overcome his medical issues and the help he could provide to a struggling roster, the Heat by all accounts plan to release Chris Bosh on March 1, a move that would clear cap space for the Heat while guaranteeing that Bosh would not be eligible to play in the postseason.
Today, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on a likely suitor for Bosh’s services, should he be released by Miami:
2. If Bosh, who turns 33 in March, makes it back onto the floor next season, word is that the Chicago Bulls are already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign him.
Ah yes, the Chicago Bulls in the news again for having interest in bringing in a past-his-prime big name player to add to their impressive collection.
Stein makes sure to italicize “if,” meaning that the Bulls would certainly run Bosh through a rigorous set of medical tests to insure that the two-time champion will be able to play without putting his life at risk. To this point, there is no indication that Bosh will be able to overcome the blood clot issues.
Should Bosh be cleared to play, he could be a useful addition for the Bulls. Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will both be free agents and the Bulls have a clear need for a big man who can stretch the floor. In 53 games last season, Bosh shot over 36% from three on a healthy 4.2 attempts per game.
Bosh’s great athleticism, which enabled the Heat’s frantic trapping defensive style, has certainly waned from what it was during the championship run, but Bosh has always been regarded as an intelligent player who could adapt his game to old age. And at 6’11, Bosh will be able to launch his pretty jump shot over defenders until he’s in the old home.
That said, I am completely bewildered by the Bulls’ reported interest in signing Bosh. Perhaps this is just leftover from their failed attempt to bring the former Raptor to Chicago in the summer of 2010. They’ve already managed to nab another of his fellow 2010 free agent class members long past his prime, why not add another.
The Bulls public desire to become younger and more athletic, and to fill the team with players who can grow alongside All-Star Jimmy Butler is constantly contradicted by their actions. Should they try to sign Bosh, either in March or during the offseason, it would just be another example of the GarPax regime’s quest to sell tickets and spurn the future.