It has been quite some time since Derrick Rose was a top-tier NBA player but the former MVP seemingly carved out a role as a second-unit offensive creator on the Eastern Conference favorite Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, Rose’s body has repeatedly failed him in recent years and that has been the case again with an ankle injury that has kept the point guard out of action since Nov. 7.
On Friday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN brought word that Rose has now reportedly left the Cavs and is “evaluating his future in basketball” at this juncture.
This is an ominous report but it seemingly centers on frustration from Rose concerning his injury history.
Rose is theoretically set for life from a financial standpoint, having banked tens of millions in the early portion of his career, both in on-court earnings and off-court endorsements. Still, Rose is still only 29 years old and, while he entered the league very young, it is crazy to consider that his career path could be coming to an end.
It remains to be seen as to what kind of public statements will be made by Rose and/or the team but, for now, it appears as if he is taking a break to consider his standing.