Heat officially waive Chris Bosh; Pat Riley says team will retire his No. 1 jersey

Because of medical problems related to recurring blood clots, doctors have not cleared Chris Bosh to return to the NBA, and recently the Miami Heat were notified by the league that they would be able to clear Bosh's salary -- $52.1 million over the next two years -- from their books.

Bosh will still get his money, but it will not count against the Heat's salary cap space. On Tuesday, the Heat made it official by waiving Bosh. Team president Pat Riley added that the Heat will retire Bosh's number. From the press release:

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived forward Chris Bosh.

"Chris changed his life and basketball career when he came to Miami," said HEAT President Pat Riley. "And he changed our lives for the better, in a way we never would have imagined, when he joined the Miami HEAT. We will forever be indebted to CB for how he changed this team and led us to four trips to the NBA Finals and two NBA Championships. He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number "1" will never be worn by another player and we can't wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters. Today, we are both moving on but we wish Chris, Adrienne and their family nothing but the best. They will forever be part of the Miami HEAT family."

Bosh played in Miami for six seasons and was an integral part of their championship teams in 2012 and 2013. A likely Hall of Famer, Bosh was an All-Star in 11 of his 13 NBA seasons.

Though he has said he intends to play again some day, there are no reports as of right now that there are any NBA teams interested in the services of the 33-year-old.

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