10 a.m. update: Doctors have diagnosed Chris Bosh with blood clots on his lung, a condition that typically would sideline players for the duration of the season, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Bosh remains at a local hospital and is believed to be on blood-thinner medication. He is weak and fatigued, but the longterm outlook is good.
Erik Spoelstra said Bosh will see more specialists in the next day before a final diagnosis is given. Spoelstra said the condition is not life-threatening.
Though nobody has definitively ruled Bosh out for the season, it's difficult to envision him returning because of the nature of the blood-thinner medication and the toll such a condition takes on the body.
It is unclear if Bosh will require any surgical procedure.
Bosh had been feeling tired and fatigued, with some shortness of breath and pain in the rib area, over the past few weeks, but nobody suspected anything serious until Thursday, when he was sent home from practice and checked into the hospital.
Last weekend, Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard mentioned that Bosh was dealing with a rib injury. Doctors suspect the pain was related to his current condition.
Last month, Brooklyn Nets guard Mirza Teletovic was diagnosed with a similar condition (pulmonary embolus) and will miss the rest of the season. Cleveland forward Andersen Varejao was diagnosed with a blood clot on his lower right lung in January 2013 and missed the remainder of the season.
"They told me stories like, 'Oh my God, I had a friend who died of a blood clot in their lung," Varejao told Cleveland reporters at the time. "A week after surgery, I was at home thinking about how I could be gone right now."
Bosh is obviously a big loss; he ranks 13th in the NBA in scoring at 21.1 points per game. If he misses the rest of the season, that means that Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside will have played just 44 minutes together all season.
Without Bosh, Udonis Haslem could move into the starting role at power forward. He has played mostly backup center this season. The Heat's backup power forward, Shawne Williams, was shipped to New Orleans, through Phoenix, in Thursday's Goran Dragic trade. And even if he's released by the Pelicans, league rules prohibit the Heat from signing him.
As stated below, power/small forward Michael Beasley has interest in returning to the Heat, but Miami hadn't called him as of Thursday evening. Rashard Lewis also is available, having recovered from knee surgery. Another option is veteran power forward Andray Blatche, who recently completed his season in China. The Heat had not reached out to Blatche as of this morning, but he would make a lot of sense as a replacement.
9:45 p.m. Thursday update: I was told tonight that Chris Bosh was admitted to a local hospital this evening to try to get to the bottom of a chest/lung issue. As of this evening, the Heat was awaiting a diagnosis.
Heat chatter on the Goran Dragic trade:
### The Heat fully intends to re-sign Dragic when he can exercise an opt out this summer, and Dragic is interested in that. One of his agents said Thursday it’s likely Dragic will be in Miami for the long-term.
So why did Dragic include the Heat as one of his few preferred destinations (with the Knicks and Lakers)?
“First, because it’s one of the best organizations in the NBA," Rade Filipovich, one of Dragic’s two agents (with Bill Duffy), said Thursday evening.
“Second, they have a tremendous leader in Pat Riley and a tremendous coach in Erik Spoelstra. And they’ve got a pretty good team. He thinks this team can accomplish a lot. No question he likes playing with Dwyane Wade, one of the best players in the NBA, and playing with great players like Wade and Chris Bosh.”
He also relishes being able to play point guard again; Phoenix was playing him primarily at shooting guard.
“It’s a great fit,” Filipovich said. “Goran and Wade to bring the ball up, create offense, very good shooters –-- very interesting team. A playoff team. He feels lucky he ended up in Miami. He’s very happy.”
Dragic could command a five-year, $100 million deal with the Heat this summer, and Miami wouldn’t have made the trade without plans to keep him.
“It’s not difficult to cut a deal [when] you’re talking about Pat Riley,” Filipovich said.
### Dragic tweeted within the past hour: "NOW it's #heatnation time and I'm excited to bring the Dragon's fire to Miami!!!"
### TNT's Charles Barkley said the Heat is now a legitimate contender to win the East.
"Are they as good as Cleveland, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta? They're in the conversation. Yes, they are," Barkley said. "They added an All-Star point guard. That was the one thing they were missing. They went from irrelevant [to relevant]. They got a lot better today. The two big winners today were Oklahoma City and Miami."
Said Shaquille O'Neal: "I agree with Chuck. I played with Goran Dragic. What it does for Miami is it gives them the ability to get back to running. The point guards weren't really running point guards. One was more of a shooter [Mario Chalmers, presumably]. The other [perhaps Norris Cole], I don't know what he did. Goran Dragic can penetrate, dish, can start the fast break, is a great passer. What he does best is, he loves getting people involved."
### Spoke or texted with several analysts tonight. Some reaction: ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy, by text: “Great trade by the Heat. Really think he is a very good player. Love his game and mental makeup.”...
ESPN’s Doug Collins, by text: “A Winner! He upgrades them but still behind Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland and probably Toronto and Washington. If healthy, I love their starting team.” But Collins has concerns about Miami’s bench….
NBA TV’s Isiah Thomas, by phone: “I love the move. If your point guard can’t score in today’s NBA, you are not going to win. It’s a point guard driven league now, and Dragic can penetrate, stretch the floor from the three-point line, and he scores. And he’s someone you have to game plan for. I’m sure Miami will loosen the reins a bit and play faster. If they can come together and Wade is healthy, they can beat Atlanta, Washington or Toronto in playoff series. I don’t think they’re good enough to win a playoff series against Cleveland or Chicago.”
### One Eastern Conference scout said Dragic is at his best playing at a fast pace and said the Heat, which averages the league’s fewest possessions, must quicken the tempo because “Dragic can really push the ball. They won’t flourish as they should with him if they don’t.”
Said another scout: “This helps Luol Deng, because Deng gets a lot of his stuff on the move and Dragic can penetrate and dish. He's a very good pick and roll player and they can run that with Hassan Whiteside. He’s not great defensively, but he’s one of the top 10 point guards in the league and he’s in his prime. For what they gave up, are you kidding me? They gave up nobody for a star.”
### Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, a guest in TNT's studio tonight, said "Goran helps Miami, takes a load off Chris Bosh. Now you've got to focus on a point guard who's driving the basketball. You've got D-Wade running the wing. You've got shooters on the wing. You've got Chris Bosh inside. Miami definitely got a steal with this one. Usually, you had to prepare for D-Wade and Bosh. Now you've got a guy pushing it 94 feet and getting to basket, getting layups, getting free throws."
### The Heat needs a stretch-four to replace Shawne Williams, and Michael Beasley would love to come back, a close associate said Thursday. Rashard Lewis, recovered from knee surgery, would be open to that, too. But Miami hadn’t called either as of Thursday.
### The Heat now has the high-percentage shooting backcourt. Dragic is second in the league among shooting guards, behind Kyle Korver, at 50.1 this season. Wade is third at 48.7 percent and shot an absurd 54.5 percent last season. And this is no anomaly with Dragic; he shot 50.5 percent for Phoenix last season, when he averaged 20.3 points and 5.9 assists and was all-NBA third team.
### What’s more, Dragic is the most accurate guard in the league, percentage-wise, in the basket area among qualifiers, shooting 68.2 percent within five feet.
### Wade and Bosh both expressed concern in the past month about Riley waiting until 2016 to make a big move, wondering if the gamble would pay off as it did in 2010. “You don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket,” Bosh told me earlier this season. Now they won’t have to worry about that.
### Dragic wanted to go back to playing point guard, and this illustrates his value there: During his minutes when he was at point guard and not playing with Phoenix’s other two point guards this season, Dragic averaged 27.9 points and 9.8 assists per 48 minutes. (ESPN projected the numbers over 36 minutes earlier this week.) Only Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook could match those numbers.
### Dragic’s assist to turnover ratio of 1.85 to 1 is only 59th in the league, but he’s a creative passer and would have more assists if he had been the Suns’ primary ball-handler this season. He was 2.1-to-1 last season, which was 44th in the league.
### The Heat is now the NBA’s only team with five players in the top 90 in efficiency rating, as ESPN noted. Dragic is 88th this season and was 20th last season.
### Addressing point guard, the Heat’s biggest weakness, was vital because the 2016 free agent class has only one high-end point guard (Mike Conley), with Brandon Jennings and George Hill the second- and third-best options.
### As far as what the Heat gave up, no great loss. Riley has little use for draft picks, so parting with picks in 2017 and 2021 wasn't a concern. According to the Arizona Republic, the 2017 pick is top-seven protected for two years and unprotected in 2019...
The Heat was pleased to dump the $2.2 million due next season to Danny Granger, whose game had greatly diminished.... Miami likely would not have extended a $3 million qualifying offer to Norris Cole this summer.... The Heat didn't consider Justin Hamilton a rotation player. And though Shawne Williams led the Heat in three-pointers, the staff had concerns about his defense.
### The Heat also gets Goran's brother, Zoran Dragic, who was standout player in Spain and Slovenia. He played just 13 minutes all season for the Suns, shooting 2 for 8. At 6-5, he can play shooting guard or small forward.
### Riley, on the trade: “Goran is an All-NBA player, including the Most Improved Player last season, and we felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team. We are also pleased to bring his brother, Zoran, into the HEAT family. He had a great summer during international play and it’s great to have a brother-brother duo and someone that can help us in our rotation.”
The Dolphins are open to making it work with Mike Wallace but his future could hinge on his receptiveness to taking a pay cut/restructuring. Discussions were expected this week. Wallace is due $9.9 million next season, but none of it is guaranteed at the moment. Of that $9.9 million, $3.3 million becomes guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year, which starts March 10. So Miami has some time to reach a resolution.
If the Dolphins don't keep Wallace, UM's Phillip Dorsett is one receiver with elite speed who would love to end up here. He said being drafted by the Dolphins would be a dream.
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