Cavaliers, Ricky Rubio reportedly talking contract buyout

Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio retired before the World Cup last summer, saying, "I'm taking care of my mental health.

 He missed the World Cup and has spent the NBA season in Spain working on his mental health. It is unlikely he will return this season.

Cavaliers "want to do right by Rubio," report says. After tearing his ACL, Rubio signed a three-year, $18.5 million extension because he was a role model and voice in the locker room for a younger team. 

Rubio will likely stay with the Cavaliers to trade his $6.1 million contract at the deadline. A buyout is possible if no deal is reached by Feb. 8. 

The Cavaliers can complete the buyout to add help with Darius Garland out for a few weeks with a broken jaw.

 With an open roster spot and two unsigned players, the Cavaliers have flexibility. Since Rubio's passing and high IQ were fun to watch, fans are saddened by his NBA retirement.

Rubio is making $6.1 million this season and guaranteed $4.25 million next year. Rubio's representatives and the Cavs could negotiate a large contract buyout. 

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