Anderson Varejao has a right to receive an NBA championship ring after spending part of the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he has no plans to accept one as a current member of the Golden State Warriors, who lost to the Cavs in the NBA Finals.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) July 17, 2016
Varejao appeared in more regular season games with Cleveland this past season than he did with Golden State. He was released by Cleveland in February, however. After clearing waivers, he signed with the Warriors for the veterans minimum.
Varejao is really doing the right thing here by abstaining from claiming a ring.
He had nothing to do with what the Cavs did down the stretch and was on the losing team when the championship was determined. During the Warriors’ postseason run, he averaged 5.5 minutes and 1.2 points a game.
Claiming a ring would likely not be something that would earn him any favor in Golden State’s locker room, where he’ll spend his time once again next season after signing a one-year deal.