Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle “personal matter”

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose (1) battles for the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Injured point guard Derrick Rose has been excused from the Cavaliers to handle a personal matter.

A team spokesman said Friday that Rose, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, has not been with the team since Wednesday and there is no timetable on when he’ll return.

ESPN is reporting that the former league MVP is “re-evaluating his future in the NBA.”

Rose has played in just seven games this season and has been slowed by a left ankle injury sustained on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points per game in his first season with Cleveland.

Rose’s career has been slowed by knee injuries. He sat out the 2012-13 season and played only 10 games the following year due to injury.

He signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract this summer with Cleveland to be the team’s backup point guard but was rushed into a starting role as Isaiah Thomas is out with a hip injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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