Derrick Rose is taking a leave of absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers while out with an ankle injury and is reconsidering playing again, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.
Rose's increasing frustration with injuries is causing him to consider his desire to continue playing in the league, sources said.
One team source told ESPN of Rose: "He's exhausted of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally". He would later win the MVP with the team in 2010-11 season. He's averaging 14.3 points per game in his first season with Cleveland.
One team source told ESPN of Rose: "He's exhausted of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally". But Rose then missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing his ACL.
The news comes as a surprise after Rose told SB Nation he was happy in late October, but this was before he had suffered an injury. If and until he returns, Jose Calderon would start while Isaiah Thomas (hip) remains out.
The Cavaliers won six straight games despite not having Rose heading into their home game against Charlotte on November 24.
Playing in only seven games so far this season, Rose was averaging almost 27 minutes per game.
Rose had been wearing a walking boot and undergoing treatment. Last season, Rose disappeared from the Knicks without notifying coaches, then explained that the matter was "a family issue".