Chris Bosh reportedly ruled to have a career-ending injury

Chris Bosh has been ruled to have a career-ending injury by a doctor representing the NBA and the players association, according to multiple reports, clearing the way for the Miami Heat to cut ties with him, while Bosh faces a significant challenge to return to the NBA.

An 11-time All-Star, Bosh hasn’t played since February 2016 due to a second occurrence of blood clots in his body. The first occurrence, in February 2015, cost him the rest of that season. The 33-year-old failed his physical with the Heat last September, and team president Pat Riley announced they were moving on without Bosh in their plans.

The ruling allows the Heat to clear the cap space occupied by Bosh, who is still guaranteed more than $25 million next season and more than $26 million the following year. The Heat will have around $37 million in cap room once they waive Bosh, and he can be claimed by another team. However he can’t resume his career until he is cleared by the same doctor, per the new CBA:

However, the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reports that if Bosh receives a favorable ruling in the future, he might not have to wait a full nine months to play again, as specified in the new CBA.