Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he expected Derrick Rose to eventually return to the team after working through the "personal matter" that caused him to leave Wednesday. 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 NBA future due to frustration from frequent injuries. Rose, 29, the 2011 NBA MVP, has played just seven games this season because of a sprained left ankle and is out from that injury indefinitely. Since winning MVP, he's had multiple knee surgeries that have cost him all or large swatch of several seasons. "I don't have a time frame, you know I want him to take his time," Lue said. "Like I said, it's a personal matter. Just know the team, the coaches, the organization, we all have his back. I wish him well and we expect to have him back." Lue recruited Rose over the summer as a free agent. He signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract to join the Cavs in July, and was originally injured on Oct. 20. The Cavs have jelled with Rose out. They've won six straight and their rotations are settling. Isaiah Thomas is due back soon and will start at point guard, while Dwyane Wade has succeeded in running the second unit.
Lue: Rose can take his time, Cavs expect him back
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Nov 24