Derrick Rose has had one of the more famously snakebitten NBA careers in league history since winning the MVP with the Bulls in 2011.
An ankle injury has cost him 11 of the Cavs 18 games this season, including the last seven, and it appears the constant injuries are causing Rose to evaluate his future in basketball.
Rose has not been with the team for the better part of a week, sources told ESPN, and it is unclear when the 2011 league MVP will return. Rose has missed 11 of the Cavs' 18 games this season, including the last seven because of a sprained left ankle.
One team source told ESPN of Rose: "He's tired of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally."
Rose has obviously had a depressing career, and his tenure in Cleveland has been a disaster, even given his minimum salary contract. He’s been dealing with constant injuries, and he’s been unable to provide positive minutes when he’s been on the court despite solid box score stats.
Even when healthy, it was going to be hard for Rose to find a spot in the rotation. Dwyane Wade has shined as the team’s primary backup point guard, and Isaiah Thomas’ return is looming. There’s a chance that even once healthy, he won’t get to play for this Cavs team, and from a pure basketball perspective, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.