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Derrick Rose has bone spur in his ankle that may need surgery

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Derrick Rose’s return was never going to be simple.

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Derrick Rose has finally rejoined the Cleveland Cavaliers after a self-imposed exile to re-consider his future in the game of basketball, but it doesn’t appear that his return to the active roster is coming in the near future.

Rose has been rehabbing for some time, and it doesn’t appear the ankle has improved enough as of yet, though it makes sense why he would put off surgery as a very last resort after going under the knife as many times as he has.

Unfortunately, as it’s been noted in the past, there might not be a spot in the Cavaliers rotation once Rose is finally able to re-join the team. Isaiah Thomas’ debut is fast approaching, and Dwyane Wade is flourishing as a 6th Man of the Year contender as the team’s primary backup point guard.

Rose stands to forfeit 80 million dollars from Adidas if he steps away from the game, so it makes sense that he’d try to find his way back onto the team. Unfortunately, it’s unclear when that will happen and what kind of role he’ll have once he returns.