Report: CBA to include new medical panel that could decide Bosh's future
As of right now there is no system in place to make a ruling on a case such as Bosh's, but the upcoming CBA will seek to break future deadlocks by introducing an independent medical panel to settle life-and-death cases, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
Cases can be referred to the panel by teams, the league, or the players' association. The decision to hear Bosh's case, however, rests solely in his hands since his condition predates the new CBA agreement.
The panel could either make one of two rulings. It can either determine that the player has a life-threatening condition - in which case that player would be barred from playing in the NBA. Or the panel could rule that teams are unfairly barring a player from playing, then compel teams to either play, trade, or waive the player in question.
Bosh has been sidelined since Feb. 9 after a recurrence of blood clotting, but he and the Heat have been at odds about his playing future. Bosh declared that he wanted to make a comeback, but the Heat redoubled their decision to withhold Bosh after a preseason physical discovered more signs of blood clotting.
The 32-year-old former All-Star is under contract with the Heat through 2019.