Derrick Rose contemplated retirement only to determine he’s not done with basketball yet.
Rose flew to Cleveland on Monday to meet with team officials and begin assimilating back into the Cavaliers’ rotation, ESPN reported.
After a self-imposed exile, guard Derrick Rose flew to Cleveland this morning and plans to report to the Cavaliers practice facility, league sources tell ESPN. He’s expected to meet with front office officials and begin the process of returning to the team.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2017
Rose left the team for personal reasons and the former MVP, who has undergone multiple knee surgeries and countless hours of rehab to continue playing at a high level, kicked around the idea of shutting himself down for a season or even retiring.
The 2010-11 MVP with the Chicago Bulls has bounced from the New York Knicks to the Cavaliers the past two seasons.
With Isaiah Thomas near a return, the Cavaliers are overstocked at point guard, and Rose might find limited minutes unless former NBA point guard and current Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue decides to play Thomas and Rose together.
Rose, 29, has not been with the team since Thanksgiving but high-profile teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were in regular contact with Rose and shared support with media for Rose multiple times.
“I was thinking about retiring myself. It’s hard when you’re dealing with injury after injury after injury — it takes a toll on you mentally,” Wade said.
Thomas is recovering from a hip injury and has not suited up for the Cavaliers since being acquired in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.
Thomas said he envisions returning to game action before Christmas.