Derrick Rose has left the Cavs, "evaluating future in basketball"


Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has left the team and is in the process of evaluating his future, ESPN reported Friday.

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.

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

According to ESPN, Rose has not communicating with people close to him inside the Cavs organization in the last few days. So furiously, in fact, that Rose hasn't played in more than 66 games in a single season since 2011-12.

Rose signed a veteran's minimum deal with the Cavaliers as a free agent this summer after playing for the Knicks last season.

"I don't have a time frame, you know I want him to take his time", Lue said.

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Rose's career has been hampered by multiple career-threatening injuries, most notably suffering several ACL tears with the Chicago Bulls that robbed him of so many games. Because of the left ankle sprain, Rose isn't healthy to play now anyway. Rose rolled the ankle October 20 when he landed awkwardly following a flagrant foul from then-Milwaukee Bucks big man Greg Monroe.

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

Rose was averaging 14.3 points per game for the Cavaliers.

Rose is evaluating his future in the National Basketball Association after dealing with a plethora of injuries throughout the last decade and his inability to return to the MVP form he once had.

The Cavs, however, figure to be just fine without him.