Chris Bosh has not played basketball since February 2016 due to recurring blood clots, but has not given up hope on an NBA return.
Bosh, an 11-time All-Star and two-time champion with the Miami Heat, was hoping to play at some point this season, but a failed physical in September dashed his hopes.
Heat president Pat Riley said that Bosh's career with Miami "probably is over" after the failed physical.
Now 33, Bosh is starting to understand the Heat's side of things as well. Though part of him still wants to play, he realises Miami might want to save money by getting rid of his contract.
"At heart, I'm still an athlete and that is not how I want it to end," Bosh said of his playing career in an interview with Larry King Live. "I do [miss playing]. But a part of me doesn't. I've come to enjoy different aspects of life.
"There's a lot of life out there. I mean only because as basketball players - we do that - that's really it. But I've been enjoying spending time with my kids. I've enjoyed spending time with my wife and just kind of relaxing and working on my mind and my soul.
"I understand what they have to do as a team," said Bosh, who is set to be paid $52.1million over the next two seasons.
"It is a business. I know we - as athletes and owners and people involved with the NBA - never want to say it's a business, and things like that. It is a business. And hurt does come in with that. But as president of the Miami Heat, I understand what he [Riley] has to do."
The Heat made a valiant run to sneak into the Eastern Conference playoff picture towards the end of the year, but fell just short.
With Bosh back, and healthy, Miami could be a threat to contend in the East next season. But he is still not sure what the future holds for his playing career.
"I don't know," he said of his future. "And that's exciting. It's always this kind of pressure as an athlete, people [asking], 'What are you going to do? And you should do this? Or you should do that?' I think it's OK to say, 'I don't know what I want to do.' I have a lot of things on my mind."