Toronto Raptors fans went off on social media after the Toronto Sun posted that the Toronto Raptors are not giving championship rings to long-time big man Jonas Valanciunas, and guards Delon Wright and CJ Miles. Fans consider the three as part of the team that won the NBA championship last year.

Valanciunas, Wright, and Miles were part of the package deal that was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire veteran center Marc Gasol per NBA reports during the trade deadline. The Lithuanian big man, drafted fifth overall in 2011 draft, was recovering from an injury when the trade was being discussed.

Wright and Miles were part of the team since being drafted in 2015 and off free agency in 2017, respectively. After spending the rest of the season with the Grizzlies, the 6-foot-5 Wright now plays with the Dallas Mavericks while the 32-year old Miles was then shipped to Washington Wizards for Dwight Howard.

Toronto Raptors General Manager Bobby Webster said that it was a hard decision to make and is also aware of the Anderson Varejao situation. 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 on June 13th,” said Webster.

"They made a decision. It’s OK, right? I’m thinking about Grizzlies now, right?”, said Valanciunas when asked about the news. He previously talked about it during FIBA World Cup in China, saying that Kyle Lowry contacted him about his ring size.

Fans are expressing their mixed reactions about the decision by the management not to hand the players who were part of the team.

 

As for the other players, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Loyd, both playing outside the NBA, will be presented with their championship rings when time allows it. Lin is currently the star in the CBA playing for the Beijing Ducks and Loyd is playing in Spain for Valencia. The management will also give the rings to Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who both found themselves on both teams in Los Angeles.

Fred VanVleet Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet #23 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors react during the first half of an NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at Scotiabank Arena on October 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images