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Report: The Miami Heat expect Chris Bosh to play again next season

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The Miami Heat face an important offseason with a question mark hanging over the future of their star players for differing reasons. 

Center Hassan Whiteside will become an unrestricted free agent and Heat lifer Dwyane Wade has a player option and is expected to become a free agent - though he wants to remain in Miami.  

President Pat Riley has already stated that re-signing Whiteside is the franchise's number one priority this summer and will then focus on giving Bosh the best opportunity to return to the floor.

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According to a report by ESPN's Dan Le Batard, the chances of that happening have now increased for the South Beach outfit.

Initially, Le Batard, who is based in Miami and has close ties with the Heat, reported that the likeliest scenario regarding Bosh would end in retirement as the franchise would not want to risk the health of the player and deal with the repercussions if he was to get a recurrence of his blood clot issues whilst playing. 

However, Le Batard has performed a dramatic u-turn and revealed that the Heat are now expecting to see the All-Star play again next season. 

"I just got a text saying that Bosh should be able to play next season. So, the Heat expect Bosh to be able to play next season," he said.

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"What I’m telling you is that Bosh is committed to getting back, and the Heat are hopeful that that can be so."

When it comes to all things Miami, Le Batard is very well connected and should be taken seriously. 

His change of stance would indicate that he did indeed receive some information from somebody close to the situation.

If it transpires that the 32-year-old does return to playing basketball next year, it will be a welcome boost for the organisation ahead of the following campaign.

The two-time champion has been out since before the All-Star break and despite his best efforts to force a return during the playoffs, he and the team ultimately decided it was best for him to not play again in this campaign.

The Southeast Division franchise issued a statement confirming this during the playoffs and was hoping it would nip the story in the bud for a while.

That hasn't transpired to be the case, though, as the Heat were eliminated from the postseason earlier than they'd expected, losing in seven games to the Toronto Raptors in the conference semi-finals, which has brought the focus back to the future of Bosh. 

Don't expect this to be last you hear of this delicate situation as it promises to rumble on throughout the offseason.

Topics:
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Dwyane Wade
Chris Bosh

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