NBA, Ricky Rubio announces retirement: contract terminated with Cleveland

He hasn’t played an NBA game since Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs against New York last year: and now Ricky Rubio – who returned in mid-January 2023 after a long recovery from the cruciate rupture – announced that that will also remain his last match in the league, communicating the decision to leave the NBA to address his mental health issues, which have already emerged in the past and openly discussed with his home franchise, the Cleveland Cavs. “One day, when the time is right, I would like to share my experience so I can help others“, wrote Rubio in a message posted on his social channels. “But I’m still working on my mental health at the momentalthough now I can say that things are much better.” The Spanish player’s message, in fact, opens with a confession: “The evening of July 30th was one of the hardest of my life. My mind sank into darkness. I knew I was going in that direction, but I never thought I wasn’t in control of the situation. The next day I decided to interrupt my professional career“. And that stop today became definitive, at least as far as the NBA is concerned – even if the possibility of seeing Rubio back on the pitch on a Spanish parquet in the future cannot be ruled out, once his personal problems have been resolved. “I wanted to send you this message because Today my NBA career ends“, wrote the player.

From a contractual point of view, Rubio and the Cavs reached a buyout which covers salaries of $6.1 million expected for this year and $6.7 million expected for next year of the still active agreementfreeing up salary space and a roster spot for the Ohio team. “An extraordinary organization,” Rubio called it, praising it highly GM Koby Altman That coach JB Bickerstaff “per understood my situation and been there support at all times“. A journey that began for the young Spanish prodigy with the 2009 draft, at just 19 years old, and which now ends with two words: “What a dream!”.

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