Cavaliers G Ricky Rubio putting career on pause indefinitely to focus on mental health
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Cavaliers G Ricky Rubio announced Saturday he is putting his career on an indefinite pause while he focuses on mental health, according to reports from ESPN insider Brian Windhorst.
Rubio, the 32-year-old point guard and 2019 World Cup MVP, signed a 3-year, $18.4 million deal with the Cavs during last year’s off-season.
“I would ask that my privacy be respected so that I can face these moments and be able to give more information when the time is right,” Rubio said in a statement, according to ESPN.
Rubio averaged 5.2 points per game in 17.2 minutes last season with Cleveland.
We were informed today by Ricky and his representation that he has decided to step away from his illustrious basketball career to focus on his mental health at this time. We understand how difficult of a decision this was for him and will balance providing whatever support we can while simultaneously respecting Ricky’s request for privacy.
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