Derrick Rose apologises to Cavs teammates for two-week exile

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

While Lue didn't disclose the content of Rose's message, he said the team was happy to have him back at the practice facility.

The move has paid off, as Wade is averaging 12.9 points per game on 48 percent shooting since taking on a reserve role October 24.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, hasn't played more than 66 games in a regular season due to injuries since that triumphant campaign with the Bulls. And he wants to keep it that way when Isaiah Thomas comes back.

But both IT and Rose are expected back in the coming weeks and Lue will have a decision to make about the 35-year-old's role when he has a healthy roster to choose from.

Rose, 29, left the team the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and had been deliberating whether he wanted to work toward returning from a sprained ankle to rejoin the Cavaliers this season or even continue his National Basketball Association career, league sources have told ESPN. As a starter, he was scoring 5.7 points on about eight shots and shooting 28 percent.

Wade also said that he's been enjoying his role with the team and that "this is the most fun I've had in a few years, just enjoying the game".

Dwyane Wade becoming the sixth man for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been a key during their recent 12-game winning streak.

But Wade quickly played down this talk and instead opted to share the credit with his fellow bench group.

"Hopefully it continues", Wade said.