I humbly believe there to be a minor issue with the drafting of the new CBA that pertains to the topics discussed herein. I believe Article XXII, Section 11(g) should reference Article II, Section 3(n), rather than Article II, Section 3(l). I make this suggestion because the language, as written, makes no intuitive sense (at least to me); my suggestion fixes the issue. The following post utilizes the provision as I believe the NBA intended it to be drafted.
If, as you read this post, you find you need additional details covering any aspect of the Chris Bosh situation — including his contract, insurance, the rules for cap relief under the provisions of the current CBA, among others — this post contains everything.
It was a year ago today, Feb. 9, 2016, that Chris Bosh played his last NBA game.
Bosh was initially diagnosed with blood clots that traveled from his left leg to his lung in February 2015, was subsequently diagnosed with a recurrence of blood clots in his left calf in February 2016, and thereafter failed a preseason physical prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. After the failed physical, Bosh said in September that “little setbacks happen,” but Heat president Pat Riley reacted differently, saying “we feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over” and that the team is “not working toward his return.”
The one-year anniversary that nobody wanted is now here. With it, the Miami Heat is now officially eligible to apply to have his substantial salaries — $23.7 million for this season, $25.3 million for 2017-18 and $26.8 million for 2018-19 – removed from its cap sheet.
The entirety of that $75.9 million would still be owed, of which as much as $41.0 million would be reimbursed through insurance, but Bosh would no longer take up a massive amount of the Heat’s cap space if the application were to be granted.
The process, designated for long-term injury situations, which we’ll call the “long-term injury cap clearance process,” would go like this:
Following the now-completed waiting period(1), the Heat would apply to the NBA to have Bosh’s salary removed from its cap sheet on the basis that it believes he is dealing with a career-ending medical situation. The league and the players association would then jointly select a physician to review the situation. Salary cap relief would be granted if the physician determines that Bosh’s condition is career-ending, or severe enough that it would subject him to a medically unacceptable risk of suffering a life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness. The Heat would receive the associated cap relief upon waiving him.
It seems inevitable that the Heat would be granted such relief. Read more…