Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is now away from the team as he contemplates retirement, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. The report from Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin said it is uncertain whether he will return to the team. Rose has reportedly been uncommunicative with people around the organization over the past several days.
Throughout his career, Rose has had to deal with various injuries, with the most damaging ones coming after his 2010-11 MVP season. With Boston sitting comfortably at the top of the conference with a 4.5 game lead over the Cavs before play Friday, Cleveland losing depth at an already weak position will be another challenge for them to climb.
"We don't have a time frame (for Rose's return)", Lue told reporters before [Saturday's (AEDT)] game against the Charlotte Hornets. "We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him".More news: Doctor Who star Tom Baker returns as Time Lord
It's not a stretch to say that these latest Derrick Rose rumors may stem from the constant injuries that the former MVP has suffered during his National Basketball Association career. Rose rolled the ankle October 20 when he landed awkwardly following a flagrant foul from then-Milwaukee Bucks big man Greg Monroe.
He was placed in a walking boot last week when the ankle wasn't deemed to be healing sufficiently. Now, according to ESPN's Nick DePaula, if Rose hangs 'em up, he could save Adidas up to $80 million.
The Cavs, however, figure to be just fine without him. Right now, it's just a jacked-up ankle.More news: UP: Vasco Da Gama train derails, 3 dead
The 29-year-old will still be sidelined for at least two weeks with his current injury but there's no telling what he will decide to do over the course of that period as he mulls his future in the league. Adidas has produced eight signature shoes for Rose so far and is contractually obligated to continue to produce a signature shoe for the Chicago native as long as he is in the league.
If he chooses to retire, Adidas will not have to pay out the remainder of the contract.
Rose has averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games this season.More news: Pakistan frees Hafiz Saeed, alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks