If the dramatic saga of Dwyane Wade’s free agency and impasse with the Miami Heat is becoming a little too much to stomach, Chris Bosh will offer an alternative channel to flip to tonight at 10 p.m. when he appears on HBO’s Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons.
Bosh, 32, has stayed out of the limelight since he gave up his fight to return to the court during the playoffs back in May.
Wednesday’s interview with Simmons, which was taped Tuesday night, will be Bosh’s first since the All-Star break and perhaps his first public statements regarding his health since he announced through his own public relations firm in March he no longer had blood clots in his leg. Actor and avid basketball fan Anthony Anderson posted a picture of himself, Bosh and Simmons of the pre-taped segment on Twitter late Tuesday night.
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The Heat has yet to say when Bosh will return to the court, but a few of his Heat teammates have said they expect Bosh will play next season. He traveled with the Heat during the playoffs and was on the bench, but was kept off limits to the media.
While Wade has gone through his battle with the Heat, Bosh has notably stayed quiet on social media. Last Friday, Bosh congratulated center Hassan Whiteside on his four-year, $98 million max contract with the Heat saying on Twitter: “Congrats to the big fella @youngwhiteside Great to have you back bro!”
Bosh is still owed another $76 million by the Heat through the next three seasons. The 11-time All-Star was having a spectacular first half (19.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) last season and was set to participate in the three-point contest at All-Star weekend in Toronto when his health and battle with blood clots became an issue once again.
Bosh ended up missing the second half of the season for the second year in a row, but his fight with clots wasn’t nearly as scary as the first go-around when he was hospitalized with clots in his lung.
Wade, meanwhile, is scheduled to co-host Live with Kelly on Thursday (9 a.m., ABC). The 34-year-old, 12-time All-Star is spending the day Wednesday in New York meeting with the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
Heat owner Micky Arison could also end up meeting with Wade Wednesday in New York.
The Heat offered Wade a two-year, $40 million deal on Monday, but he’s turned it down and is looking for a contract with more money and more years on it.
The Nuggets are reportedly offering him a two-year deal worth $25 million a season.
Miami has $20 million left in cap space, but could create about another $6 million to offer Wade if it trades forward Josh McRoberts.