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Rose having “positive” interactions with Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – The return of Derrick Rose remains a mystery, as head coach Tyronn Lue kept his answers brief when asked about the one-time MVP on Saturday. Rose has had “positive” interactions with the organization, but an updated status will not release until general manager Koby Altman makes an announcement.

Rose began his temporary leave from the Cavaliers on Nov. 24, days after the team decided to have his sprained left ankle immobilized in a boot for two to three weeks. He suffered the injury on a flagrant foul committed by Greg Monroe on Oct. 20.

The 29-year-old point guard averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.7 turnovers over 26.9 minutes per seven games played this season. Cleveland capped his playing time at 30 minutes, with a well-documented injury history holding him back from a full workload.

The Cavs inked Rose to a one-year deal worth $2.1 million on July 25.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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