Derrick Rose Has Left The Cavs And May Not Return

Derrick Rose Has Left The Cavs And May Not Return

Derrick Rose Has Left The Cavs And May Not Return

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is now away from the team as he contemplates retirement, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

One team source told ESPN of Rose: "He's exhausted of being hurt, and it's taking a toll on him mentally".

"He's exhausted of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally", one source told ESPN.

Dave McMenamin, who covers the Cavaliers for ESPN, and Adrian Wojnarowski, the network's national NBA writer, combined on the story.

According to ESPN, Rose has not communicating with people close to him inside the Cavs organization in the last few days. The former MVP (when he was with the Bulls) has played in only seven of the 18 games the Cavs have played.

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Past year while with the New York Knicks, Rose went missing on game day for what he called "a family issue" and was fined by the team. He admitted the Knicks didn't want him back. He was fined by the Knicks and apologized to his teammates when he returned the next day. There's life after basketball for every one of these players, and knowing when it's time to stop playing is the start of that. The last seven was due to a sprained left ankle. He first suffered the injury on October 20 in Milwaukee, when he landed awkwardly after a flagrant foul by Bucks center Greg Monroe. Tyronn Lue said he expects Rose to be back at some point, but did not say when.

"Just a jacked-up ankle", Rose told ESPN at the time. Right now, it's just a jacked-up ankle. "So I'll wear this, for I don't know how long, to see how it helps".

Even though isn't the star he was when he signed with Adidas, the brand has been contractually obligated to continue producing and marketing a D Rose signature sneaker each year.

If he chooses to retire, Adidas will not have to pay out the remainder of the contract.

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