Heat franchise power forward Chris Bosh may be dealing with another serious health situation involving blood clots that could knock him out of action for the rest of the season if the worst case scenario comes to pass. Bosh is expected to meet with doctors on Thursday to determine how serious the situation is and how much time he is projected to miss, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. There is still a chance that a regimen of blood thinners could correct the issue enough to allow the big man to suit up for Miami again in 2015/16.
Bosh sat out the entire second half of last season after potentially life-threatening blood clots were found in his lungs, but his current problem is reportedly not life threatening. The 31-year-old was previously on blood thinners for seven months after last season’s diagnosis. If Bosh is indeed sidelined for a prolonged period, the Heat’s chances of making the playoffs would obviously be dealt a severe blow. The Heat’s depth in the frontcourt is even thinner now with today’s reported three-way trade that is sending Chris Andersen to the Grizzlies, which may force team president Pat Riley into making additional moves prior to Thursday’s deadline.
Miami entered the All-Star break with a mark of 29-24, which currently has it slotted in the fifth overall playoff spot in the East, possessing a one game lead over current No. 6 seed Indiana. Any prolonged loss of Bosh’s services would likely doom the Heat’s playoff chances, or at the very last, make them severe underdogs in any series. This unfortunate development regarding Bosh could also alter the franchise’s strategy heading into the trade deadline, which bring me to the topic for today: Should the Heat become sellers at the trade deadline because of Chris Bosh’s medical situation?
If you were the Heat, how would you approach this year’s trade deadline? Would you stand pat and pray that Bosh was able to return to action this season? Or would you attempt to extract as much value as possible from your roster via trades and attempt to retool for 2016/17? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject. If you think that the Heat need to start thinking about next season, who should the team look to deal in addition to Andersen? Who or what should Miami look to nab in return? Or do you have faith that Bosh will be back on the court again this season and think that Riley shouldn’t hit the panic button and start tearing down his roster? We look forward to what you have to say.