The NBA offseason is coming to a close with training camps starting on Saturday for teams participating in preseason NBA Global Games. However, there are a few notable trade rumors floating around as well as questions surrounding the health of a few stars. Here are the latest NBA rumors you need to know:
Bosh's career with Heat over?
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was hoping to make a comeback after having each of the last two seasons cut short due to blood clots, but that doesn't appear to be happening. He reportedly failed his physical with the team, and now according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, his career with the Heat franchise is likely over:
After a battery of medical examinations, the Miami Heat have declined to clear All-Star forward Chris Bosh for training camp and increasingly believe that his career with the franchise is over, league sources told The Vertical.
Another bout of blood clotting was a significant part of the failed physical, and Bosh’s chances of resuming his NBA career are in a perilous state, sources said.
There’s been a complete breakdown in communication between Heat president Pat Riley and Bosh, sources said. Bosh has been reluctant to talk with Riley, sources said, although Riley and Heat officials are hopeful for a chance to sit down with Bosh soon and discuss his future.
Riley, owner Micky Arison and the Heat doctors have been fearful of the potential health risks of Bosh trying to navigate the recurring blood clots with an NBA playing career, and it is unlikely that Bosh will find any team willing to clear him with the grave dangers associated with his health plight.
Bosh has had each of this last two seasons cut short due to blood clots, raising major questions about his playing future. However, he told Uninterrupted last week that he believed he was "ready to play" this season. There is currently no timetable for Bosh's return.
he Heat owe Bosh $76 million over the next three seasons, which he will receive even if he doesn't play again. However, the NBA's labor agreement says Miami can get some cap relief if “a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association agree his condition is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing.”
Bosh averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games last season.
Rockets expect to re-sign Motiejunas before season
The Houston Rockets traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday in exchange for point guard Tyler Ennis. That means the team will use Donatas Motiejunas in an increased role this season, but they still have yet to re-sign restricted free agent. However, they fully expect to reach an agreement with him before the start of the regular season, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
The deal also could be a sign of some confidence that the Rockets will come to terms with restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas. There has been little movement in the impasse, with Motiejunas' agent seeking a contract that would be typical of a starting power forward or a center and the Rockets sticking close to their qualifying offer worth $4.4 million for one season.
Both sides had expected talks to last through the summer but also thought it would get done by the start of camp.
If Motiejunas signs, the Rockets would have 15 players with fully guaranteed contracts, including Ennis. They would have six at the power forward and center spots - Clint Capela, Ryan Anderson, Nene, Montrezl Harrell, Chinanu Onuaku and Motiejunas.
Motiejunas averaged 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 14.8 minutes in 37 games last season.
Millsap out three weeks
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap is expected to miss three weeks after undergoing a non-surgical knee procedure, the team announced:
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap recently underwent a preventative procedure to reduce mild swelling in his right knee.
“After reviewing the options with Paul to treat his knee and provide him the best long-term care, we agreed, largely due to the time of year, that this was the best method and time to ensure his complete readiness for the start of the regular season,” President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said.
In an effort to maximize the benefit of the procedure, Millsap will progress through phases of rest and recovery before returning to full basketball activities over the next three weeks.
Millsap averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in 32.7 minutes in 81 games last season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed