The Toronto Raptors' decision to not hand an NBA Championship ring to every former player has proven controversial. And now, one of the snubbed stars has responded to being ignored. Jonas Valanciunas was asked how he felt being left out of the celebrations.
If you haven't heard already, the Raptors chose not to honour former players JV, Delon Wright, and CJ Miles with championship rings.
Kawhi Leonard, of course, is one former Raptor who did get a slice of the pie. In fact, the NBA Finals MVP's ring is actually bigger than those of his teammates.
Danny Green, who was traded to the Lakers in the offseason, is also getting his, according to NBA Canada.
That decision didn't go down well with some Raptors fans, who were keen to see the players rewarded for helping to lay the foundations for the team's success.
Now, Valanciunas, who spent six and a half years in Toronto with the Raptors, has responded to the snub.
And the man who, along with Wright and CJ, was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in return for Marc Gasol, doesn't seem too thrilled.
"Is that something you had an expectation about?" JV was asked of the Raptors' decision to not give him and his teammates a ring.
"It's their decision," Valanciunas responded with a hint of a wry smile. "They made a decision, it's ok, right? (I'm) thinking about Grizzlies now, right?"
You can see why he might be put out.
According to the Toronto Sun, JV said over the summer that Kyle Lowry had contacted him and asked for his ring size.
JV understandably took that as an indication he would be receiving one, but he was wrong. Damn, you can't help feeling for Valanciunas here.
And, we dare say, for Wright, too. On Sunday, Delon shared a post of him embracing his former Raptors teammates after Toronto faced the Dallas Mavericks.
For what it's worth, the official word from the Raptors came from general manager Bobby Webster.
"It's not an easy decision, but, to be honest, I think it's standard," Webster said, as quoted by NBA Canada.
He continued: "It's obviously not a feel-good thing but I think that's the way the league is... We obviously thought about it but at the end of the day, it's who was on the court June 13. That's kind of how we decided it."
The NBA notes there is no clearly-defined set of rules on who does or does not receive a championship ring in these kinds of situations.
Meanwhile, Valanciunas, Wright, Miles and their Grizzlies teammates will be sporting a retro Vancouver look this weekend. You can check it out here.