Cleveland Cavs guard Derrick Rose considering retirement after ankle injury

Injured Derrick Rose not with Cavaliers, evaluating his basketball future: report

Tom Thibodeau reacts to Derrick Rose's uncertain future in NBA

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has stepped away from the team, ESPN reports.

Injuries can be frustrating - especially when a player falls as far as Rose has.

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski of reported the news Sunday, noting the oft-injured Rose has communicated with the front office despite the fact he "is deliberating whether he wants to work toward returning from a sprained ankle" to come back this season or at all. Rose has been non-communicative to multiple people close to him inside and outside of the Cavaliers in recent days, causing concern as to whether or not he will rejoin the Wine and Gold.

Rose has missed 11 of 18 games this season, including the previous seven. He's played just 237 out of a possible 412 regular-season games. With Boston sitting comfortably at the top of the conference with a 4.5 game lead over the Cavs before play Friday, Cleveland losing depth at an already weak position will be another challenge for them to climb.

Rose originally suffered the ankle injury on October 20. Rose reportedly has left the Cleveland Cavaliers and is trying to figure out if he still wants to continue playing basketball.

The Cavs, however, figure to be just fine without him.

Rose is averaging 14.3 points this season, with his high game a 20-point effort on November 3 against Washington. "So I'll wear this, for I don't know how long, to see how it helps".

Rose has been out with what seemed like a relative minor, for him at least, ankle injury. The contract is not fully guaranteed if Rose retires.

Latest News