Ricky Rubio announced his retirement from the NBA on Thursday, shortly after agreeing to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Check it out
Ricky Rubio announces retirement after 12 seasons.
After stepping away from the court to focus on his mental health, veteran guard Ricky Rubio is ending his NBA career.
The Cleveland Cavaliers guard announced his decision on social media Thursday. In August, the Spanish star said he was stepping away from basketball to take care of his mental health. Several outlets reported Rubio had reached a contract buyout with Cleveland earlier on Thursday.
“July 30th was one of the toughest nights of my life,” Rubio said Thursday. “My mind went to a dark place. I kind of knew I was going on that direction, but I’ve never thought I wasn’t under control of the situation. The next day, I decided to stop my professional career.”
The guard also said he would keep the manner private right now out of respect for him and his family.
“One day, when the time is right, I would love to share my full experience with you so I can help support others going through similar situations,” Rubio added. “But I’m proud to say I’m doing much better and getting better everyday.
“I wanted to post this message for you today because my NBA career has come to an end.”
Rubio spent six seasons in Minnesota before he was traded to the Utah Jazz in 2017. He’d play two seasons in Utah before signing with the Phoenix Suns in 2019. He was traded back to Minnesota in 2020 and was traded to Cleveland in 2021.
Rubio suffered a season-ending ACL injury to his left knee in the 2021-22 season. He was traded from the Cavaliers to the Indiana Pacers in February 2022 following his injury, but did not appear in a game for the team. He then signed with Cleveland in 2022 and played in 33 games last season.