The Miami Heat lost their favourite son this summer when Dwyane Wade returned to his actual home of Chicago.
After the All-Star break, for the second year in a row, they also lost another stalwart in Chris Bosh.
Suddenly, a franchise rich in talent who were perennial Eastern Conference contenders have been dismantled and their future is questionable.
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What Miami are able to do next season rests largely on Bosh's shoulders. General manager Pat Riley gave an update on the forward's situation during a news conference on Saturday.
"It's a positive environment right now with Chris,'' Riley said. "I think his doctors and our doctors are constantly, or moreso now than ever, communicating. I know what Chris wants. I know he wants to play. And obviously we would be open to that, but this is still a very fluid situation.
"It's a sensitive, complicated situation," Riley said.
Bosh, who has remained in the gym and continues to work out, still has three seasons and roughly $75 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2014.
Bosh averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in the 53 games that he did appear this past season and without the former Toronto Raptors man, next term will be an uphill struggle for the South Beach franchise.
"One of the only things you can count on in life that's permanent - it's one of my favorite sayings -- is change,'' Riley said. "And when change raises its beautiful or ugly face, you've got to deal with it. You've got to adapt and move on.''
Ideally, Bosh will lead the likes of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow into a new era for the Heat and they can still secure a spot in the postseason next year. Should Bosh remain missing, though, losing both Wade and Bosh will be almost impossible to take in their stride.
Bosh was struck down with blood clots in 2015 but no official reasoning has been given for his health troubles this time around.