Anderson Varejao's NBA career ended with some of the most unfortunate timing in the history of the league.
Varejao left the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2015-16 season - the year after the Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. He then went to those same Warriors, who promptly lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals.
After appearing in only 14 games for the 2016-17 Warriors, Varejao was released to make room for other players. He then watched as the Warriors went on to defeat the Cavaliers in the 2017 Finals.
However, in an incredibly classy gesture from the Warriors, the team has decided to give Varejao a ring from the most-recent title run (via the Brazilian website Sportv.globo.com):
"I'm here to share with you something that happened two weeks ago," he said. "I got a call from Golden State and they told me that there was a vote between the players and the coaching staff, and they decided that it would be well deserved that I receive the champion's ring for the time I spent with them.
"This recognition, their affection, makes me proud and honored. I will accept this ring, which represents much more than a title to me, represents our history together, every moment I spent with them. I would like to thank everyone, the franchise, the players, the coaches, the fans, and all those who accompany me on a daily basis, through affection and positive thoughts. A good season to all of the Warriors and thanks!"
For Varejao, who didn't play in the NBA again after getting cut by the Warriors, the ring is an excellent ending to his fantastic career.
Though Varejao only played 6.6 minutes a night in his 14 games with the Warriors, he averaged 1.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists over that brief stint with the team.
The Warriors have now won two titles in three years and have proven time and time again that they've done so by being unselfish.
Therefore, it is not surprising at all that they voted to give Varejao a ring, as he did play a role in getting the team off to a hot start.
Now, Varejao has the NBA sendoff he deserves and the Warriors have some good karma heading into the 2017-18 season.
As one of the favorites to once again win the championship, the Warriors are a fun team to watch and have some great locker-room chemistry. Varejao will certainly be watching closely as his former teammates try to win a second-straight title this year.