The Cavaliers point guard - who's out with an ankle injury and been plagued by injuries for most of his career - isn't with Cleveland and is evaluating his basketball future, ESPN reported Friday afternoon.
The report states there is growing uncertainty that Rose will return to the team from both inside and outside the organization. He would later win the MVP with the team in 2010-11 season. As of now, he's projected to average 13.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds over 56 games the rest of the year.
Rose, 29, hasn't played since hurting his ankle against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 20. Three mostly healthy seasons followed, but Rose tore the meniscus in his left knee late last season with the Knicks, forcing him to undergo knee surgery for the fourth time in his career.
A team spokesperson said Rose's absence is excused.
The Cavaliers won six straight games despite not having Rose heading into their home game against Charlotte on November 24.
When you consider that Rose has played in just 237 out of a possible 412 regular-season games since tearing his ACL in the 2012 playoffs, it's understandable why Rose might be discouraged. Per ESPN, Rose is fed up with playing through injuries, and it's easy to imagine why.
After just 7 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, maybe he will not play again this season. He was supposed to be a solid fill-in for All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas as he recovers from a lingering hip injury.
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