CLEVELAND -- Derrick Rose is interested in returning to the Cavaliers and the team would have him back, but there was no determination as of Sunday afternoon as to when Rose would be back at work.
A league source told cleveland.com that the timing of Rose's formal return to Cleveland Clinic Courts -- the Cavs' headquarters -- was still being determined.
The team probably won't have any more to say until Rose shows up and Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, hasn't returned a call or text to cleveland.com since his client disappeared from the Cavs on Nov. 22.
Rose, 29, has been out since Nov. 9 due to complications from a sprained left ankle, and left the team to contemplate his basketball future. His absence from the Cavs was excused -- they knew why he left and he was out indefinitely with an injury anyway.
Rose was frustrated over his latest injury, after a slue of them has wrecked his career since he won the NBA's MVP award in 2011, and his long-term spot in coach Tyronn Lue's rotation is in question because of the imminent return of Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade's success as the Cavs' second point guard.
But Lue has maintained since Rose left that he would be back, and both Lue and Altman said conversations with Rose in recent days were "positive."
Also, Rose could forfeit a reported $80 million from adidas if he walked away from basketball.
Rose is averaging 14.3 points in seven games with the Cavs. He signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal to play for Cleveland in July.
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