Chris Bosh’s jersey will be the fourth retired by the Miami Heat. Who will join him in the future?

These four players one day will have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena. (Getty Images)

Sometime in the future Chris Bosh’s No. 1 is going to be raised to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Bosh was part of the Miami Heat organization for seven years before he was officially released Tuesday, a move that was expected after he missed the entire 2016-17 season and half of the previous two years because of blood clot issues.

In a statement in which he praised Bosh for his contributions to the organization both on and off the court, Heat president Pat Riley announced that one day the team will retire his number.

“The number “1” will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters,” Riley wrote.

Though it will never look like the rafters of the TD Garden where the Boston Celtics rich history is displayed, it won’t be long before the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena starts getting crowded.

Up until last season, just two jersey numbers were retired by the Heat, the No. 33 worn by Alonzo Mourning and the No. 10 worn by Tim Hardaway.

But starting last season, Heat fans will be treated to a number of ceremonies in which jerseys are raised to the ceiling.

Last December it was the No. 32 worn by Shaquille O’Neal.

Soon it will be Bosh’s No. 1, sooner if health issues prevent the 11-time All-Star from ever playing again.

Then, in no particular order we will see Dwyane Wade’s No. 3, LeBron James’ No. 6 and Udonis Haslem’s No. 40 hanging high above the AAA court.

Wade’s is a no-brainer and Riley said as much when Wade returned in November for his first game back after leaving Miami last summer for Chicago. In fact, if one player deserves a statue in front of the arena it is Wade.

Same with Udonis Haslem, the consummate Heat player who overcame going undrafted out of college and working his way onto the roster through a summer league invite to play a franchise record 14 seasons with the Heat and be a part of three championship teams. And Haslem is not done. He is expected to return for the 2017-18 season.

Then there is James. When it was announced Shaq’s number never would be worn again it became a slam dunk the same honor would be bestowed on James after he retires.

Shaq played 205 games with the Heat over 3 ½ seasons and won one title. James played 294 games over four years and was part of four championship teams. Neither player left the team on good terms but Shaq and the Heat eventually found peace and so, too, will LeBron and the Heat one day.

“When things come to an end, you don’t take it personal,” Riley said in December before the ceremony to retire Shaq’s jersey. “That’s all there is to it. My tenure in Los Angeles didn’t end well. My tenure in New York didn’t end well. I just hope my tenure in Miami ends well. I got over it quick. I love Shaq, I really do. He’s a great guy. … He’s going to tell you exactly what he thinks. I’m going to tell you exactly what I think. … There’s no hard feelings at all.”

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