Anderson Varejao won't accept a championship ring from Cavs if offered

Anderson Varejao might be eligible to receive a 2016 championship ring, after all. That is, if he wants one. Despite the Golden State Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, the Warriors big man is eligible for a ring through his time with the Cavs. Varejao spent the first 11 1/2 seasons with Cleveland, including the first half of the 2015-16 season before he was traded to Portland at the trade deadline. The Trail Blazers then waived Varejao and he signed with the Warriors on what looked to be a push for his first championship.

The Cavs ruined that for him in two ways (trade from title-winning team and beating his team in the Finals), but are allowed to vote for him to receive a ring if they want to be so magnanimous. However, even if they do decide they want him to have a ring as a member of the 2015-16 team, it sounds like Varejao will decline the offer.

It makes sense. It would kind of feel like a pity ring in some ways, even if it's meant with the utmost respect for the time he spent with the organization. Varejao is now a member of the Warriors after spending the rest of the season with them, getting significant time during the playoffs and re-signing with them this offseason. With the addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors, Varejao has his best chance ever to end up with a championship ring that isn't gifted to him by a former employer.

Varejao didn't choose to not be on the Cavaliers for the rest of the season either. They moved him in the deal to acquire Channing Frye, who was a big weapon for them in the Eastern Conference playoff run before hardly playing in the Finals. It was a last-ditch effort by Cavs GM David Griffin to bolster the roster and it worked just about perfectly.

CBS Sports Writer

Zach Harper likes basketball. Some would even say he loves it. He's also an enthusiast for everything Ricky Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nic Cage, and has seen the movie Gigli almost three times. He's been... Full Bio

Our Latest Stories