That ended his campaign and now has him set up to be traded as he is on an expiring deal.
Yet given his recovery goes well, Rubio should be back with another team in 2022.
He is 31 years old and made it clear he has a lot left to offer.
So will he seek out a lucrative, multi-year deal?
That is possible, but Rubio revealed his ultimate intentions in a recent interview.
“When my son starts school, the NBA will not be worth it. I will have to go back. I don’t want to make him dizzy moving around when he’s six years old, at the age of starting to make friends. It was discussed with my wife and we have it very clear.”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 14, 2022
“When my son starts school, the NBA will not be worth it.”
That was courtesy of a Spanish-language interview with La Vanguardia.
Rubio’s son is two years old, meaning he has three or four years left in the NBA.
Rubio Has A Retirement Date In Mind
This is easily one of the more noble reasons to retire from the NBA.
Rubio has a young son and doesn’t want him moving all over once he starts school.
The point guard has earned over $120 million in his career and is making over $17 million with the Cavaliers this season.
Even a few million per year for the next few years adds to a serious amount of generational wealth.
Rubio’s retirement plan is not even drastic because he will be 35 or 36 years old anyway.
Ricky Rubio doesn’t need basketball but basketball needs Ricky Rubio https://t.co/vlPg84Lsmh
— SplitCutKoko (@KokkinosNoah) January 14, 2022
His plan is newsworthy because of his reasoning, as many players may go and go until their bodies cannot take it anymore.
The point guard’s focus now shifts to getting healthy again and continuing his career next season.
His play with the Cavaliers was evidence that he won’t be forced to retire due to declining abilities anytime soon.