Cavs make official announcement on Derrick Rose's return

Cavs make official announcement on Derrick Rose's return

A starter all of his National Basketball Association career - and the first three games of his stint in Cleveland - Wade moved over to the bench and doing so has paid off swimmingly for the Cavs. With a sharp-shooter like Thomas at point guard, many expected Wade to be reinserted into the starting lineup to play off of IT.

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.

After Saturday night's 116-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Lue and Cavs general manager Koby Altman hinted that they had been in "positive communications" with Rose. The Cavs have won 12 straight, so they're obviously rolling with cohesion among starters and reserves. "The problem would only be worse when Isaiah comes back, because he's going to need his shots".

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters that point guard Derrick Rose addressed the team at Wednesday's shootaround after he stepped away from the club November 24 to evaluate whether or not he wanted to continue playing basketball.

Rose, who has missed 17 of the Cavs' 27 games this season - including the past 13 straight - because of a sprained ankle that he suffered on October 20, has no timetable for when he will return to the court, according to Lue.

Lue said he was unaware if Rose kept up his ankle rehab on his own time while he was away from the team. "Where I am now, it's working for me and for this team". However there is no timetable as to when Rose may return to the court.

"It was just good to have him back and hear him talk, because he's not a big talker", Lue said. "Just coming off the second side, still running the same action, so he can handle or D Rose can handle". The Cavs are now riding an 11-game win streak in the 12 games since his absence.