Anderson Varejao spent 11 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers that made him a fan favorite. As a result, even though he played with the Golden State Warriors in the Finals and helped them blow a 3-1 lead, the Cavs offered him a championship ring.
Varejao, however, isn’t sure if he’ll take it according to Anthony Slater of San Jose Mercury:
Anderson Varejao says the Cavs did offer him a ring but "I haven't made my decision yet"— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 26, 2016
The Cavs, who also offered ex-coach David Blatt a ring, didn’t have to offer him one. He wasn’t on the team in the Finals and he played with Warriors after Cleveland let him go. The Cavs traded Varejao to the Trail Blazers in a salary dump that netted them Channing Frye near the trade deadline. Portland then waived Varejao.
In an ideal world, Varejao would have been around for the title (he certainly played for enough terrible teams to earn some extra credit) and if he came back tomorrow, Cavs fans would probably embrace him with open arms. He also was beloved by his teammates in Cleveland, including LeBron James. If he decides to accept the ring, it wouldn’t be particularly shocking.
But because he still plays in Golden State, it might be a bit weird if he accepts the championship ring. Just imagine the conversation between him and Draymond Green if he decides to take it.