Ricky Rubio is heading for the NBA. (Manu Fernandez / AP)

Rubio was the fifth pick in the 2009 draft by Minnesota, but he decided to play in Spain.

“I have finally decided to go to the NBA. I have a dream that now can become reality,” he said in a news conference. “The NBA will be very emotional, a difficult challenge but a very nice one.”

Rubio didn’t say anything about taking his talents to America, which is probably a good thing.

“It's a bit scary because I have never left Barcelona before but I am very keen to take on the challenge,” Rubio said. “I am not leaving because I think I cannot do any more here but because I believe I am ready and I am looking forward to it.

“I am going there to play against the best and triumph. That is what motivates me.”