CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has left the team and is seriously re-evaluating his future in the NBA, league sources told ESPN.
There is growing uncertainty inside and outside the franchise about whether he will return to the team, league sources said.
One team source told ESPN of Rose: “He’s tired of being hurt and it’s taking a toll on him mentally.”
Rose has been non-communicative to multiple people close to him inside and outside of the Cavaliers in recent days, league sources said.
Since suffering a torn left ACL in the Chicago Bulls’ opening game of the 2012 playoffs, Rose has been plagued with injuries, playing in just 237 out of a possible 412 regular-season games.
Rose was last with the Cavs for Monday’s 116-88 win in Detroit. According to a team spokesman, his current absence from the team is excused.
Last season, Rose went missing from the New York Knicks on a game day without permission from the organization. He was fined by the Knicks and apologized to his teammates when he returned the next day.
“That was a family issue,” Rose explained at the time. “For one, it had nothing to do with the team or basketball. But that’s the first time I ever felt like that emotionally, and I had to be with my family.”
A Cavs spokesman said Rose’s current absence is different than the Knicks situation because he is not an active player and he communicated with the franchise at the outset of his leave.
One week ago, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said that Rose would be out “at least” the next two weeks because of his ankle injury. Rose rolled the ankle on Oct. 20 when he landed awkwardly following a flagrant foul from then-Milwaukee Bucks big man Greg Monroe.
Cleveland put Rose in a walking boot last week in hopes of alleviating pressure on his left foot.
Rose, now 29, still has a lucrative sneaker deal with Adidas — six years and nearly $70 million remaining on the contract, according to ESPN’s Nick DePaula. 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. The contract is not fully guaranteed if Rose retires.
Rose, the 2011 league MVP, is averaging 14.3 points on 47 percent shooting (23.1 percent from 3), 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season. He signed a veteran’s minimum contract with the Cavs in the offseason.