Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose is making a long-awaited return to the team after an absence that had the veteran contemplating retirement.
Rose apologized to his teammates at shootaround on Wednesday for his recent absence, pointing to his frustration with his left ankle injury as the catalyst for his two-week hiatus, according to a report from ESPN.
“He didn’t have to, but he did,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said about Rose’s apology. “He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team. Everyone welcomed him back and is happy he is here, and that’s it.”
Rose has missed 17 of the Cavs’ 27 games this season which including their recent winning streak and there currently is no timetable for his return to the court.
“Just going through his rehab now, trying to get healthy,” Lue said. “It won’t be in the next few games or nothing like that, so just got to see how he takes to treatment.”
Rose is averaging 14.3 points on 47.0 percent shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games for Cleveland this season.
“It was just good to have him back and hear him talk, because he’s not a big talker,” Lue said. “You know he’s a quiet guy. But just hearing what he had to say and then just seeing how everyone was welcoming him back and was happy he’s here.”
Cavs’ David Griffin Says Rodney Hood Will Surprise Fans
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to build a new foundation after the free agent departure of LeBron James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, and general manager David Griffin believes that one player in particular will surprise fans.
Griffin believes that Rodney Hood has a lot of potential and can establish himself as a core part of the Cavs roster.
“Cavs fans are going to see the best of Rodney Hood, because he’s capable of being what they need him to be within that framework of expectation” Griffin said, during an appearance on Wine and Gold Talk Podcast.
“He’s uber-talented; but when it’s put-up or shut up and the only thing that’s going to mark success is winning a championship, he doesn’t have that level of confidence yet,” Griffin stated. “But I think this Cavs team is going to let him find that in much the same way that he was so good with Utah [Jazz]. Members of his coaching staff told members of our coaching staff the year before I left (2017), that he was more important to them than Gordon Hayward,” Griffin said.
It appears that the Cavs are looking to invest, long-term, in Hood and will likely try to lock him up with a long-term deal sooner rather than later.
Cavs Sign Kevin Love to Four-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ensuring that Kevin Love remains a part of the team’s long-term plans as they have signed the veteran forward to a four-year, $120 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.
Love recently opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, allowing him to earn $24.1 million next season before the new four-year extension kicks in which will give Love a 17 percent annual raise.
76ers, Cavs Discussing Kyle Korver, Jerryd Bayless Trade
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a trade that would involve Kyle Korver and Jerryd Bayless, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
While the trade is possible, it is”far from certain”, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
Korver sits fourth all-time with 2213 3-pointers in his career and is owed $7.56M this season.
Bayless averaged 7.9 ppg last season for the 76ers.
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