Derrick Rose back with Cavaliers after apologizing to teammates

Derrick Rose takes 'next step' in return to Cleveland Cavaliers

Derrick Rose ends his self-imposed Cavaliers exile

The 29-year-old former league MVP is averaging 14.3 points on 47.0 percent shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games - all of which he started - for the Cavs this season. And Derrick Rose's ankle problems actually caused him to leave the team and consider retirement, although he is reportedly on the verge of returning.

"He wants to be back, and he wants to play".

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue thinks Rose is going to be out for a couple of weeks more.

On Nov. 24, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported Rose was "seriously re-evaluating his future in the NBA" because of "increasing frustration with injuries". "Everyone welcomed him back and is happy he is here, and that's it".

On Saturday, LeBron James said he hadn't spoken to Rose since he left the team last month, however, the team would welcome him with open arms.

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Rose has missed 16 of the Cavs' 23 games this season, including the past 12.

"This has been a very challenging and hard 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", he continued.

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"Whenever he's ready to tell us or whatever, we're ready for that", James said.

Rose will be at the Cavs' game against the Kings on Wednesday night, and his teammates plan to check in with him individually when the opportunity presents itself in the coming days, according to a team source.

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