Derrick Rose on way back to Cleveland to rejoin Cavs

Derrick Rose on way back to Cleveland to rejoin Cavs

Starting today, Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose will resume the treatment and rehabilitation process for his left ankle injury at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the next step in his return to the team.

With his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates in Chicago to face the Bulls Monday night at United Center (8 ET, NBA League Pass), guard Derrick Rose is headed in the opposite direction.

Rose has played in only seven of the Cavs' 23 games this season due to the injury and had left the team Thanksgiving weekend. Get the app and get the game.

Rose chose to leave the team to evaluate his life and career, and speculation about the point guard retiring began to swirl online.

General manager Koby Altman says "this has been a very challenging and hard time for Derrick".

"He wants to be back and he wants to play", Lue continued.

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He suffered his first injury this season to his right ankle on October 20, but returned to the team after missing four games.

In the absence of the 29-year-old, the Cavaliers have been red-hot having reeled off 11 straight wins.

This goes along with what James' stance on Rose has been all along.

"I don't know what the organization's stand on that is". The team pledged to offer him support and patience.

He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the New York Knicks, averaging 18 points per game over 64 contests. After earning almost $117 million in National Basketball Association salary in his first nine season, the Chicago product is playing 2017-18 on a one-year, veteran's minimum deal for $2.1 million.