Friday, June 21, 2024

Ricky Rubio Retires From NBA After 12 Years


After stepping away from the Cavaliers to work on his psychological well being in August, veteran guard Ricky Rubio introduced his retirement from the NBA on Thursday.

The 33-year-old took to X to announce the information and defined how that point in August was “one of many hardest nights” of his life, however added that he has improved.

“Someday, when the time is correct, I might like to share my full expertise with you all so I may help assist others going via related conditions,” Rubio stated. “Till then, I wish to hold it personal out of respect for my household and myself, as I’m nonetheless engaged on my psychological well being,” Rubio wrote. “However I’m proud to say I’m doing significantly better and getting higher on a regular basis.”

Rubio’s contract with Cleveland wasn’t but completed, however he and the franchise got here to an association.

“Sources advised ESPN on Thursday that Rubio and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed on a contract buyout,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated. “The transfer, which covers the $6.1 million left on this yr’s contract and $6.4 million for 2024-25, provides the Cavaliers some monetary aid and opens up a second spot on the workforce’s roster.”

The guard expressed his gratitude to all of the groups he performed for within the league throughout his time – the Timberwolves, Jazz, Suns and Cavaliers and confirmed additional like to his ultimate workforce.

“My final house,” Rubio wrote. “I understand how issues ended have been robust. I might by no means have imagined the yr would develop this manner, however you will have a tremendous group, with [president of basketball operations] Koby [Altman] and [coach] JB [Bickerstaff], who’ve been extraordinarily respectful and understanding of my scenario and caring for me as an individual.”

Rubio performed with a lot satisfaction for his house nation Spain throughout the Olympics and FIBA World Cup, beside gamers like Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernández.

He gained a silver medal on the 2008 Olympics, a bronze medal on the 2016 Olympics, a gold medal on the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 4 EuroBasket medals.

Earlier than he was drafted fifth total by Minnesota in 2005, Rubio performed in Spain’s ACB League at simply 14 years outdated, making him the youngest participant to ever.

He additionally debuted within the EuroLeague simply after his sixteenth birthday.

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