Derrick Rose reportedly returning to Cavaliers after being away from team
Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose returned to Cleveland after being away from the team, the team announced Monday.
Rose reported to the team's training facility and spoke with the Cavaliers front office staff.
The team said Monday that Rose will resume the treatment and rehabilitation process for his left ankle injury.
ESPN reported last month that Rose was tired of being injured and it was uncertain if Rose would return to the team or retire.
“This has been a very challenging and difficult time for Derrick. We will continue to provide him with support and have patience as he re-joins his teammates and works his way back on to the court," Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman said.
Rose has not played since a Nov. 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He had been nursing that ankle injury, causing him to miss four games.
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The 29-year–old Rose has been often injured during his career, suffering two torn ACLs, including missing the entire 2012–13 season because of the injury. He also tore the meniscus in his right knee the very next season.
Last season with the New York Knicks, Rose played 64 games and signed a one-year deal with the Cavaliers for the veterans minimum of $2.1 million.
Rose is averaging 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in the seven games he has played this season.
Cleveland has surged toward the top of the Eastern Conference after a rough start, winning 11 games in a row. They are 3.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the conference lead.