Chris Bosh has once again reiterated his desire to return to the Miami Heat lineup next season after he spent the second half of the previous campaign on the sidelines.
The 11-time All-Star suffered a second blood clot issue in as many years and has not taken to the hardwood since the All-Star weekend in Toronto in February.
However, he has been posting videos on social media to prove he is getting close and his teammate Udonis Haslem has insisted he expects to see the two-time champion at training camp.
"I'm ready to play," Bosh said. "We've been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement back in May saying as soon as I'm ready to play, as soon as possible, we'll play. And I'm ready."
Despite his obvious insistence that he is ready, the Miami Heat have remained tight-lipped on the whole situation.
After two years of coping without one of their premium options for half a season, the franchise is exercising caution. But there have been reports that there is a more sinister reason for their reluctance to commit.
The forward is guaranteed $75.8 million over the next three seasons, but according to the CBA, if a player is out for a calendar year after playing more than ten games in the previous campaign, they can apply for a "medically unacceptable risk” that will write off the money.
We are in no position to question motives. But it seems Bosh is ready. Now we wait to see what happens next. But the former Toronto man certainly makes the Heat better.