Bosh, 34, hasn’t played since doctors discovered a return of blood clots midway through the 2015/16 season. The 11-time All-Star sees the upcoming season as his last shot to get back into the league.
“Yeah, it’s still on my mind,” Bosh said. “Obviously, if it doesn’t happen by February, I’m not stupid, but yeah, I’m still looking forward to that. I’m still trying to overcome that hump and trying to get something going. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know I can still play some ball and be a 3-and-D guy for somebody out there.”
Bosh tried to return to the Heat in 2016, but failed a physical prior to training camp. Doctors were concerned about his ability to perform while taking medication to ward off the blood clots and the potential dangers if he were to suffer a cut during a game while on blood thinners. Bosh says he has consulted with enough doctors to make him confident that he can safely return to playing.
Based on Bosh’s condition after the failed physical, Miami was able to successfully petition the NBA to get the $52.1MM remaining on his contract removed from its salary cap.
In the time he has been away, Bosh believes the game has changed to make his skills more valuable than ever. As a big man who can space the floor, he hopes to fill the same role with a contender that he did when the Heat reached the NBA Finals in four straight years.