Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has left the team and is “seriously” re-evaluating whether to continue playing, according to a report by ESPN.
Rose has missed 11 of the Cavs’ past 18 games due to a lingering ankle injury, and his ongoing injury issues is causing him to question his desire to keep playing.
“He’s tired of being hurt and it’s taking a toll on him mentally,” a team sources to ESPN.
Rose has not been communicative with people he is close to inside or outside of the organization, and there is growing uncertainty as to whether he will return to the Cavs.
Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the playoff opener for the Chicago Bulls in 2012, and has played in just 237 of a possible 412 regular-season games since.
A team spokesman said Rose’s absence is excused, but he has not been with the Cavs since a 116-88 win at Detroit on Monday. Rose was put in a walking boot last week, and coach Tyronn Lue said at the time that he would be sidelined “at least” another two weeks due to the ankle injury.
Rose, 29, signed a veteran’s minimum contract with the Cavs over the offseason and was viewed as a key addition to at least help bridge the gap at point guard until Isaiah Thomas is ready to return from his hip injury. Rose is averaging 14.3 points on 47 percent shooting (23.1 percent from 3), 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season.
Thomas was seen playing one-on-one with members of the team’s player development staff following Friday morning shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Thomas is expected to begin practicing with teammates soon, but the exactly timetable for that has not been determined.
“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said recently. “We just want to make sure we do what’s best for him as far as health-wise and not coming back too soon. We haven’t talked about it yet.”