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Derrick Rose takes mysterious break to weigh National Basketball Association future

Derrick Rose takes mysterious break to weigh National Basketball Association future

Rose has not played in a game since November 7 because of an ankle injury that has nagged him all season.

League sources say there is uncertainly inside and outside the franchise on whether he'll return to the Cavs.

According to the ESPN report, Rose has not been with the team since their win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, but his absence has been deemed "excused". He missed Cleveland's next four games, but returned October 29 for a loss to the Knicks. He is only playing 26.9 minutes a game, which would be the least minutes he has averaged in an National Basketball Association season during his 10-year National Basketball Association career.

Throughout his career, Rose has had to deal with various injuries, with the most damaging ones coming after his 2010-11 MVP season. The former MVP (when he was with the Bulls) has played in only seven of the 18 games the Cavs have played.

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

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The 29-year-old had been excited about a new start with Cleveland after spending last season with the New York Knicks.

While the team awaited the arrival of their newly acquired All-Star in Thomas, Rose struggled to run the point.

Rose had been wearing a walking boot and undergoing treatment.

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

Rose has appeared in seven games this season and is averaging 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Right now, it's just a jacked-up ankle. "So I'll wear this, for I don't know how long, to see how it helps".