CHICAGO -- The Cavs said Derrick Rose would rejoin the team today and resume rehabilitation on his ailing left ankle.
Rose left the team on Nov. 22 to ponder his basketball future, and had "positive" discussions with organization leaders in recent days. He's expected at the Cavs' facility in Independence. The team is in Chicago for tonight's game against the Bulls -- where he spent his first seven seasons.
"This has been a very challenging and difficult time for Derrick," Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a news release. "We will continue to provide him with support and have patience as he re-joins his teammates and works his way back on to the court."
Rose has been out since Nov. 9 due to complications from a sprained left ankle originally suffered Oct. 20. The team did not release a timetable for his return to the court, but coach Tyronn Lue said he thought Rose might miss "a couple more weeks."
Lue said he didn't know where Rose has been all this time, and also said he talked to some of the players on the Cavs and they wanted Rose on the team.
"We're happy to have him back," Lue said. "Glad he's back. Glad he's in a good place and he started his rehab today."
The former NBA MVP's career has been wrecked by injuries, and his spot in Cleveland's player rotation seems precarious with the imminent return of Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade's success as the second point guard.
Rose, 29, is averaging 14.3 points in seven games.
"He wants to be back and he wants to play," Lue said. "And he's too young. Too young, too talented to give it up this early. I know he's frustrated but like I said, I'm glad he's in a good place now."
Lue deflected the question when asked Monday where Rose fits on this team now, saying "we got to get healthy first."
The Cavs are hoping Thomas plays for the first time this month, and center Tristan Thompson is supposed to return this week.
LeBron James said Rose doesn't owe the team any explanation for why he left.
"You never know what someone is going through and we just hope that we can be his support system and if he needs something to say or wants to get it out, then we'll be open and listen and then welcome him back in," James said. "We happy that he's not giving up on his love at this point in his life and his career and he's ready to return back to Cleveland."
Dwyane Wade said "it takes time to build trust and all those things, but it will happen. He's one of us. When he walks back through those doors we'll embrace him as such."...Read more