Injured Derrick Rose not with Cavaliers, evaluating his basketball future

Derrick Rose, sidelined since November 7 with a sprained ankle, is now away from the team as he evaluates his future in basketball, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

League sources indicated to ESPN.com there is "growing uncertainty inside and outside the organization" as to whether Rose will return.

"Per Wojnarowski, a Cavaliers source said, "[Rose is] exhausted of being hurt, and it's taking a toll on him mentally". He missed 27 games during the 2011-12 season that was only 66 games, and then in the first game of the playoffs, he tore his ACL in his left knee.

Once the league's MVP, Rose's career has been derailed by a litany of lower body injuries that has sapped his historic athleticism and put him in a near-perpetual state of recovery from injury.


One week ago, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Rose would be out "at least" the next two weeks because of his ankle injury.

Rose's career has been slowed by knee injuries.

Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose once again is injured, this time with a sprained ankle that he suffered in late October. While the guard was averaging 14.3 points and 26.9 minutes in seven games for the Cavaliers, the team is 6-1 in his absence after going 5-6 to start the season. He signed a one-year, prove-it deal that was to be LeBron James' next project in the way of helping players rectify their respective careers.

No matter what u decide i just hope u find a good space to be in.

  • Steve Townsend