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Report: Players’ union closely watching impasse between Chris Bosh, Miami

Chris Bosh

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh was dealing with more than one blood clot earlier this year, and said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that he felt written off when Miami Heat team doctors advised him that the situation would likely be career-ending. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)


After his latest failed medical test, the Miami Heat have moved on from Chris Bosh as an organization, they are not trying to bring him back.

Bosh is not giving up his quest to play in the NBA again.

So we have a stalemate. The latest rumors have the Heat not waiving Bosh until after March 1, that way he cannot end up on another team’s playoff roster. At that point, the Heat could apply to the league to have his salary taken off their books (which requires an independent doctor to say Bosh will never play again, also Bosh would still get paid the money just doesn’t count against the cap).

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) — the players’ union — is watching the case closely, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

A party familiar with the NBPA’s approach on Friday told the Sun Sentinel that the union is examining the situation, while also remaining cognizant of the ongoing medical and privacy issues with Bosh, who failed his preseason physical after missing the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

The union currently is involved in the delicate stages of formulating a new collective-bargaining agreement, with a more proactive stance on Bosh expected to be taken should the distancing of the Heat with Bosh continue to a point where Bosh could possibly resume his career, the party familiar with the situation told the Sun Sentinel.

There are no good options for the Heat here.

The worst-case scenario for the Heat here would be for them to waive him, get the salary relief from the league, then have him get picked up by another team — once he plays 25 games for another team, Bosh’s entire $75 million salary goes back on the Heat books. Another reason for the Heat not to waive Bosh until after March 1 is most teams do not have 25 games left this season at that point (meaning the Heat would have a lot more cap space this summer, even if by next season he did play 25 games with another team).

Some negotiated settlement where the players’ union and the NBA come to the table to mediate between Miami and the Bosh camp makes the most sense. Although who knows what that settlement may look like.