According toThe Miami Herald, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh will delay his attempt to come back from a series of crippling medical setbacks. While Bosh has repeatedly said he wants to return this season, he now appears to be setting his sights on the 2017-18 NBA season instead.

Bosh's injury struggles

Bosh had always been known as a durable player in his Basketball career until the 2015 NBA All-Star break. During this period, Bosh was admitted to a hospital to get testing on his lungs. It was later determined that he had a blood clot on one of his lungs, prematurely ending his 2015 season.

He returned slowly to the court in 2016, but around the same time of the year, another blood clot appeared, this time on one of Bosh's legs, again ending his season.

In the face of these blood clots, many have called for Bosh to end his illustrious career to protect his health, a stand Bosh has repeatedly fought against. The Miami Heat organization refused to medically clear him at the start of this season's training camp, likely ending his time with the team.

Bosh's career and contract

For a time, Bosh was one of the best players in the NBA. He made the All-NBA Second Team in 2007 and went to eleven consecutive All-Star Games. He is the all-time leading score in Toronto Raptors history and was a key piece in the Miami Heat's "Big Three," which included LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and netted the organization two NBA titles.

With James back in Cleveland and Wade now in Chicago, it seems possible that none of Miami's "Big Three" from just a few years ago will be with the organization moving forward.

If Chris Bosh is going to play this season, the Miami Heat have a financial incentive to hope it's either for them or for no team at all. Bosh's long-term contract with the Heat is fully guaranteed, but if he's unable to play for a medical reason, he'll still get paid while the contract won't be considered a hit to the Heat's salary cap, allowing them to sign a major free agent next summer.

If Bosh plays at least 25 games for another team, his contract still counts against the Heat's salary cap for next season.

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