Cleveland Cavaliers and Spain point guard Ricky Rubio will step down from basketball to treat his mental health, the player said in a statement from the Spanish Basketball Federation.
“I have decided to stop my professional activities in order to take care of my mental health,” Rubio wrote. “I want to thank all the support I received from FEB for understanding my decision. Today family makes more sense than ever. Thank you. I ask that my privacy be respected so that I can deal with these moments and be able to provide more information when the time comes.”
Rubio will not be in the FIBA Basketball World Cup starting August 25, which will be a significant dropout from Spain’s 12-man squad. The point guard has been playing for the national team of his country since 2008, helping her win a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.
The pilot still has a two-year, $12.5 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his return to the NBA is in doubt, in the 2022-23 season he averaged 5.2 points per game, 3.5 assists, 34.3 % shots from the court. and 25.6% in threes in just 33 games.
Rubio recovered from a torn knee ligament in 2022, but his mental health is now a priority.