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Derrick Rose’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers remains a mystery, but at least the sides are talking.
That’s the latest from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who told reporters the team has had “positive” conversations with the veteran point guard and his representatives in recent days.
Rose has been out with a bum ankle, but it’s been two weeks since Lue said he expected Rose to return in “about two weeks.” Apparently, however, the issues run deeper than the injury.
According to an ESPN report, Rose is contemplating walking away from the game — with his assortment of injuries supposedly causing him to re-think whether he ever wants to return.
The Athletic reported early Sunday that Rose “wants to return” to the team.
“Whenever he’s ready to tell us or whatever, we’re ready for that,” LeBron James told reporters prior to the Cavs’ win over Memphis on Saturday. “You don’t ever fast-track someone’s process of what they may be going through. When they’re ready to talk about it or ready to bring it to the forefront, as his teammates, we’ll be ready for it.
“I don’t know what the organization’s stand on that is. That’s different. From us as players, we don’t need an answer from him. We want him to be as great as he can be, off the floor first before he even thinks about being on the floor.”
Rose, 29, is averaging 14.3 points, but just 1.7 assists, in seven games this season. The Cavs (16-7) have won 11 straight.