What the heck is going on with Derrick Rose?

ESPN: Derrick Rose has stepped away from Cavaliers, future with team uncertain

Derrick Rose, sidelined since November 7 with a sprained ankle, is now away from the team as he evaluates his future in basketball, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. Rose, who signed with Cleveland in the offseason to become part of LeBron James' supporting cast, has been inconsistent as he continues to battle injuries, and the setbacks reportedly are weighing on him.

A team source told ESPN that Rose's numerous injuries are "taking a toll on him mentally". In seven games this season he is averaging 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field. He is now sidelined with an ankle injury.

A team source tells ESPN: "He's exhausted of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally". A team spokesman said Friday that Rose has been excused since Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return. His career has changed drastically in 2012 when he tore left knee ACL. This would make it very unsurprising if Rose has decided that he has finally had enough of the injuries and is seriously contemplating retiring from professional basketball. He missed four games initially, then returned and played five games before being sidelined again.

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The Cavs desperately need guards - at least until Isaiah Thomas returns - but given how far Rose has fallen on the court, his absence won't be too devastating a blow. One week ago, the Cavaliers released a formal statement regarding the matter saying that Rose's progress would be reevaluated in two weeks.

Rose has already missed 11 of the Cavs' 18 games this season due to a lingering ankle injury and hasn't played more than 66 games since the 2010-11 campaign.

"Just a jacked-up ankle", Rose told ESPN before putting on the walking boot.

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