The 2011 League MVP is said to be "seriously re-evaluating" what the road forward looks like, as frustration mounts over his nagging injuries.
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.
The report also said Rose hadn't been communicative with many people he's close with, from within and outside the Cavaliers, and there was now concern that he might not return to the league at all. However, he's only appeared in seven of the Cavaliers' 18 games this season, sitting out the last seven-straight games due to his sprained ankle. 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.
"We expect to have him back", Lue added.
Rose is deliberating whether he wants to work toward returning from a sprained ankle to rejoin the Cavaliers this season, or even continue his National Basketball Association career, league sources said. He was fined by the Knicks and apologized to his teammates when he returned the next day. He first suffered the injury on October 20 in Milwaukee, when he landed awkwardly after a flagrant foul by Bucks center Greg Monroe.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue says Rose will miss at least two weeks over his ankle injury.
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.
Rose has averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games this season.