Derrick Rose has reportedly left the Cleveland Cavaliers, while he re-evaluates his future in the NBA, according to an ESPN report.
Apparently, the former MVP is tired of “being hurt and it’s taking a toll on him mentally,” a source tells ESPN. Other sources around the league and with the Cavs are uncertain if he will return to the team.
Rose has missed 11 of the Cavs’ 18 games this season, including the past seven due to a sprained left ankle. Due to his ongoing problems with staying healthy, he’s now questioning his desire to continue playing.
Since suffering a torn left ACL in the 2012 playoffs while with the Chicago Bills, Rose has been plagued with injuries. He’s played just 237 out of a possible 412 regular-season games.
So, fans are awaiting his decision as he remains away from the team.
Rose’s decision could have a major impact on his finances. He signed a 13-year, $185 million deal with Adidas in 2012. He still has seven seasons and more than $80 million left on that deal… which will continue if he remains in the league. But, if he retires, he could leave that money on the table.
Even though isn’t the star he was when he signed with Adidas, the brand has been contractually obligated to continue producing and marketing a D Rose signature sneaker each year. This year was his eighth sneaker.
If he chooses to retire, Adidas will not have to pay out the remainder of the contract.