Derrick Rose returns to Cavs to begin rehab; teammates ready to embrace him

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Lue said Rose "wants to be back and he wants to play."

"He's too young. Too young, too talented to give it up this early," Lue said. "I know he's frustrated, but I'm glad he's in a good place now and we're glad to have him back. Whatever he needs from the coaches, from the organization, from the players, we're here for him. We've always been here for him since Day 1."

In a statement, Cavs general manager Koby Altman said, "This has been a very challenging and difficult time for Derrick. 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."

Wade said he expects Rose to talk to the team when they see him, likely at shootaround before Wednesday's home game against Sacramento.

"I'm sure he's going to have a conversation with guys. That's the way it goes in this league. When most guys have their moment when they talk to the team and they say the things they need to say and then the team moves on," Wade said. "As we said early on, we understand. I'm sure we've all had a point where we've all been frustrated about different things in this game, injuries, playing time or roles, etc.

"And sometimes you need to get away. It can happen in the middle of the game, you just want to get out of the game. We respect him for getting away and making his decision. As a team we have to continue to keep going this way, keep trending upward, and we were able to do that. We'd love for him to join us. He's playing good basketball. A guy that's scoring 14 points a game, in a different role before his injury. You want to be able to have those guys on your team."


James said it isn't necessary for Rose to reveal what prompted his departure.

"We don't know what he's going through," James said. "He doesn't owe us an explanation. We just hope that we can be his support system and if he needs something to say or wants to get it out, then we'll be open and listen and then welcome him back in. We happy that he's not giving up on his love at this point in his life and his career and he's ready to return back to Cleveland."

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