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Derrick Rose leaves Cavs, ponders future in NBA

Derrick Rose Cavs Media Day
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Update, 6:45: Although he continues to be frustrated due to how often he is injured, the team expects Derrick Rose to eventually return, although the timetable is not known. Keep in mind, Isaiah Thomas seems to be recovering quite well and seems to be ready to make his return to the court sooner rather than later. When Thomas returns, Rose’s minutes will decrease, which could help both point guards in terms of staying healthy.

Derrick Rose was touted as one of the players who would help ease the pain of trading Kyrie Irving to Boston. 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. It appears, however, that after just seven games and 12 assists as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Derrick Rose may no longer have a future in the NBA.

From ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin:

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has become increasingly frustrated by the injury process and is taking personal time to evaluate his future in the NBA, league sources told ESPN.

Rose has not been with the team for the better part of a week, sources told ESPN, and it is unclear when the 2011 league MVP will return. Rose has missed 11 of the Cavs’ 18 games this season, including the last seven because of a sprained left ankle.

One team source told ESPN of Rose: “He’s tired of being hurt and it’s taking a toll on him mentally.”

From the moment he joined the Cavaliers, Rose has been a bizarre fit for a team that thrives on ball movement and drive-and-kick shooting. During the preseason and early on in the regular season, however, Rose had several moments where it appeared the Cavs had a player who they could count on to carry some of the scoring burden off of James, including a 20-point night in the team’s big win over the Washington Wizards earlier this month.

The veteran guard, however, would coincidentally injure his ankle in both wins against the Milwaukee Bucks this season, the latter occurring on a play that would only be subsequently ruled a flagrant foul that resulted in Rose being in a walking boot.

According to the ESPN report, Rose has not been with the team since their win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, but his absence has been deemed “excused.” Until Isaiah Thomas is able to return from his hip injury, the Cavaliers will continue to start Jose Calderon at point guard with James and Dwyane Wade handling much of the primary ball handling when each player is on the floor.

The story of Derrick Rose will forever remain complicated as you have a kid who went first overall in the NBA Draft, skyrocketed to the top of the league in being named MVP in 2011. The anti-LeBron in so many ways, Rose was beloved as a kid who didn’t want to talk; he just wanted to play basketball, and ended up playing for one of the league’s most storied franchises right out of college. He was beloved for this reason, only until he couldn’t do the latter any longer, falling victim to a litany of injuries that rendered him a shell of his former self while being embroiled in a sexual assault scandal and leaving his former team in the middle of the season without as much as a heads up. At just 29 years of age, his time with the Cavaliers will simply be a footnote in yet another career that appears to be ending entirely too early.1

  1. ESPN’s Nick DePaula reports that, if Rose is to walk away, he would also be leaving roughly $70 million in endorsement dollars on the table. []