Injured Derrick Rose not with Cavaliers, evaluating his basketball future

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ESPN reported on Friday that Derrick Rose was away from the Cleveland Cavaliers and seriously considering retirement.

Lue declined to say why Rose left, but neither Lue nor anyone else in the organization has denied ESPN's report that Rose is contemplating his National Basketball Association future due to frustration from frequent injuries.

Rose was last with the Cavaliers for the win against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, and a team spokesman told ESPN that his current absence was excused. Other sources around the league and with the Cavs are uncertain if he will return to the team. He's played just 237 out of a possible 412 regular-season games. Rose, unfortunately, has never been anywhere close to the same player since his time in his native Chicago. "Take as long as he wants to take and we wish him well and we want him back", Lue added.

In his first season with Cleveland, the 29-year-old Rose, whose promising career has been slowed by injuries in recent years, is averaging 14.3 points in seven games.

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One week ago, Lue said that Rose would be out "at least" the next two weeks because of his ankle injury.

Last season, Rose disappeared from the New York Knicks without notification and missed a game, later saying it was related to a family matter.

"Just a jacked-up ankle", Rose told ESPN at the time.

As a teammate put it, Rose has grown increasingly wary of the emotional pitfalls associated with recovering from injury - which is certainly something that the veteran signal caller has unfortunately become accustomed to over the years.

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