An NBA general manager said signing former Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh would come with too much risk due to his blood-clotting issues, Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com reported Thursday.
"The risk is too great,'' the GM said. "We're talking about a life-threatening condition. Who wants to mess with that?"
Another general manager told MacMullan the fact Bosh isn't playing for the Heat, where he'd a beloved figure after helping the franchise win two NBA championships, is a warning sign for everyone else.
"If he was healthy, he'd be playing for the Miami Heat right now," he said. "The fact they determined it was not an option makes me say we're not going there.''
Nevertheless, the 33-year-old Dallas native continues to openly discuss wanting to play professional basketball again. He explained to Bleacher Report's Ken Berger last month that he's not trying to hide information about the blood clots and is willing to discuss it with teams.
"Physically I'm great," Bosh said. "We do know that medically, there are some conversations to be had. That's a hell of a mountain to climb. I do understand that, and I want everybody to know that. I'm not being naive about it."
He added: "I don't do anything without measuring 10 times and cutting once. So that's always been my plan. We want to be able to put that in the team's court and for the team to be an advocate for me and my family, to help us find a way."
However, an Eastern Conference executive told Berger a team likely wouldn't get the signing approved by the NBA, even if its team doctors gave Bosh clearance to return.
"My guess is, the league would sit on it for a long time," the source told B/R.
Bosh was one of the league's most reliable players before the health setbacks began in 2015. He averaged 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 893 NBA games.
While getting back on a roster is a long shot, the Georgia Tech product told MacMullan he thinks about hitting a game-winner in front of 20,000 people and said, "I would love to experience that feeling one more time."