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- Derrick Rose’s NBA future is once again up in the air.
- According to ESPN, Rose has not been with the Cleveland Cavaliers since Monday.
- Now there is renewed speculation that the former MVP’s NBA career could be over.
Derrick Rose may once again be questioning his NBA future.
According to a report from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose has left the Cleveland Cavaliers and is “seriously reevaluating his future in the NBA.”
The report also said Rose hadn’t been communicative with many people he’s close with, from within and outside the Cavaliers, and there was now concern that he might not return to the league at all.
One source told ESPN that Rose was “tired of being hurt” and that it was “taking a toll on him mentally.”
Rose was last with the Cavaliers for the win against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, and a team spokesman told ESPN that his current absence was excused.
After injuring his ankle in late October, Rose came back to play in five more games for the Cavaliers before being benched again with the injury on November 9. He has not played for the Cavs since.
It’s not the first time Rose has been missing from a team. Last season, Rose no-showed a game for the New York Knicks, later citing “a family issue” as the reason for his absence.
Rose is averaging 14.3 points on 47% shooting this season for the Cavaliers, and playing 27 minutes a game when healthy as the team awaits the return of newly acquired All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas.