Derrick Rose Taking a Leave of Absence, Unsure of Future in the NBA

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NBA star and MVP award winner Derrick Rose has parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers and could be leaving his NBA career behind.

As ESPN reports, Rose has dealt with a series of injuries in recent years and is currently “seriously re-evaluating” his future in professional basketball. Rose has sat out the last seven games, and is reportedly “frustrated with his injuries.” “He’s tired of being hurt and it’s taking a toll on him mentally,” one source revealed to ESPN. Rose’s last major injury was a rolled ankle, which occured on October 20. At the time, Rose classified the wound as a “jacked-up ankle.”

While adidas and Rose’s partnership still has six years and close to $70 million remaining, that contract would be voided if the 29-year-old chose to exit the NBA. Before his current tenure with the Cavaliers, Rose played for the New York Knicks.

In recent weeks, Cavaliers-related headlines have revolved around Lebron James and new player Isaiah Thomas.

Just a few days ago, it was reported that former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has parted ways with his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to take some time in wanting to reevaluate his future options. Much has been made from a basketball standpoint regarding his health and what remains in the tank, both physically and mentally. To say that the former star has had an injury-plagued career would be an understatement to say the least, however, his mental capacity to fight through and push forward could be waning — likely playing into his decision to step back.

However, from a business point-of-view, his current deal with adidas has now come into question. According to a report from ESPN, the sportswear brand is protected in its deal with Rose, which still has seven seasons and approximately $80 million USD still on the table. If Derrick Rose does in fact decide to retire, adidas would no longer be obligated to pay out his remaining term.

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(Source: Hypebeast)