The Toronto Raptors will not give championship rings to Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles, general manager Bobby Webster announced.
The Raptors won the 2019 NBA championship and will only give rings to the players that were on the team's playoff roster.
LA Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green will both get rings when they return to Toronto this season. Jodie Meeks and Eric Moreland both attended the team's ring night in the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. Jordan Loyd and Jeremy Lin - who are both playing overseas - will also receive rings at some point this season.
Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun reported that following the Raptors' loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Wright had stated that he had not been asked for his ring size. He also reported that Valanciunas said at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer, that Raptors' captain Kyle Lowry had asked him for his ring size - suggesting he'd be receiving one. Lastly, he could not reach C.J. Miles to comment on the situation.
Later that evening after the Mavericks' game, Raptors' GM Webster confirmed that none of the three players traded at the trade deadline would be receiving rings.
"Its not an easy decision, but, to be honest I think it's standard. I mean we did our homework, we talked to teams and I think - I don't remember - there was maybe one scenario where a team offered one. I think it was Anderson Varejao in Golden State but I think it was a really unique circumstance."
He continued on the topic,
"It's obviously not a feel-good thing but I think that's the way the league is. I think Varejao was just different," Webster stated. "I think they had to waive him for a roster reason. I don't think they wanted to trade him. I forget but it was a little bit different. We obviously thought about it but at the end of the day it's who was on the court June 13th. That's kind of how we decided it."
Valanciunas, Miles and Wright, along with a 2024 second-round pick, were all traded to the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline to acquire veteran centre Marc Gasol.
The decision must come as a tough one, as Valanciunas spent six and a half seasons in Toronto and Wright had three and a half seasons in Toronto, while Miles only had one and a half seasons with the Raptors.
There is no clear-cut rules on who does and does not receive championship rings in any sport. This was a decision made by Toronto's upper management and the final verdict as that these three former Raptors will not be getting rings.