Derrick Rose away from Cavs, evaluating future in National Basketball Association

Wojnarowski is reporting Rose is "tired of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally". According to a team spokesman, his current absence from the team is excused.

Rose injured his ankle on October 20 in a game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks and was expected to miss only a few weeks. Battling through injuries, he has only been able to play in seven games for the Cavs. Then, 10 games into the 2013-14 season, Rose tore his right knee meniscus and missed the rest of that season.

After just 7 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, maybe he will not play again this season.

Now there is renewed speculation that the former MVP's National Basketball Association career could be over. 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.

Since suffering a torn left ACL in the Chicago Bulls' opening game of the 2012 playoffs, Rose has been plagued with injuries, playing in just 237 out of a possible 412 regular-season games.

Rose, in his ninth season, played seven years with the Bulls and one with the Knicks before signing a one-year contract with the Cavaliers in the offseason.

Now that Thomas is nearing a return, and Dwyane Wade is succeeding as the point guard on the Cavs' second unit, it was becoming increasingly hard to see where Rose fit on this team when he did come back from injury. Last Friday the Cavs said the former league MVP would undergo extended treatment "over the next two to three weeks".

  • Stacy Allen