On the same day they will attempt to extend their winning streak to 12 games, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that point guard Derrick Rose is back with the team, where he will take his 'next step' toward making an on-court return.
Per the Cavs:
Starting today, Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose will resume the treatment and rehabilitation process for his left ankle injury at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the next step in his return to the team. Rose’s status will be updated as appropriate when he reaches the point of returning to play.
Rose hasn't played with the Cavs since suffering a sprained ankle in their Nov. 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. In the time since, the former MVP has reportedly been away from the team and evaluating his future in basketball, while Cleveland has reeled off an 11-game winning streak heading into their Monday night matchup against Rose's former team, the Chicago Bulls.
It now appears that Rose -- who has struggled with injuries throughout his career -- has come to a decision and will seek an on-court return. The Cavs insist they'll welcome him back, despite the chemistry they have seemingly developed in his absence.
“This has been a very challenging and difficult time for Derrick," Cleveland general manager Kolby Altman said in the statement. "We will continue to provide him with support and have patience as he re-joins his teammates and works his way back on to the court.”
In seven games this season, Rose has averaged 14.3 points and 1.7 assists per game.