The Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled lately as they attempt to integrate new pieces into the rotation, and now that they will have one more pin to juggle. The rehabilitation process is over for Derrick Rose and he plans on making his return to the rotation Thursday night against the Orlando Magic.
Rose talked to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com to discuss what his status is after practice on Wednesday:
Rose said so long as his body and, particularly, the left ankle that’s kept him out this long feels good Thursday morning, he’ll play.
How Rose will be used will undoubtedly be a point of discussion surrounding the team. Tyronn Lue had previously indicated that he envisions Rose relieving Dwyane Wade and allowing the veteran star to rest for the postseason. How they will be used when both are in the lineup remains to be seen.
With Rose back and Iman Shumpert nearing his return, this may mean the end of rotation minutes for Cedi Osman. While Osman’s play is probably more deserving of minutes than players ahead of him in the rotation, Lue has prioritized experience in the past.
The Cavs have a lot of players that are worthy of rotation minutes, but few that are reliable enough to make a shortened playoff rotation. With the deadline approaching, one would have to assume that a consolidation of assets is in the team’s future.