Ricky Rubio Out in Cleveland: Cavaliers Buyout Veteran Guard

The Spanish basketball player took a break in the middle of the season to deal with his mental health, followed by a buyout of his contract, which made the "celery drop" easier for the Cavaliers

by Sededin Dedovic
Ricky Rubio Out in Cleveland: Cavaliers Buyout Veteran Guard
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Ricky Rubio's time with the Cleveland Cavaliers has come to an end. According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spanish player and the American team have agreed to a contract buyout. This decision marks the closing of a chapter that, unfortunately, was interrupted by Rubio's desire to prioritize his mental health, which he has spoken about several times recently.

Last season, Rubio temporarily retired from basketball to deal with personal issues. This situation, along with his recovery from second ACL surgery, ultimately affected his performance on the field. In the 33 games he played with the Cavs, he averaged a lowly 5.2 points and 3.5 assists, far from his best level that graced him in past seasons.

11 seasons in the NBA and a great career

Despite this tough final stretch, it's important to remember Rubio's legacy. During 11 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 10.8 points and 7.4 assists, standing out as one of the best passers in the league.

He was a key player for teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz, and even reached the conference finals with the Phoenix Suns. In Europe, his career reached great heights. He was a Euroleague champion with Barcelona in 2010 and a Eurocup winner with Juventud in 2008.

His talent, speed and ability to control the game made him one of the most respected playmakers on the continent. His contribution to the game was always great in whatever team he played, although it did not show much in the statistics, he was a real creator of attacks and games.

Now, at age 33, the question is: What's next for Ricky Rubio? Wojnarowski suggests a possible return to his roots, to Spain, where he began his brilliant career. If he decides to continue playing, his experience and talent would undoubtedly be welcome in any European team.

But it is very certain that maybe the player will not continue his basketball career or will possibly have one season in a team from a weaker competition. We wish him all the best in this new phase, both on and off the field.