Derrick Rose Addressed Cavaliers Players Before Returning to Team

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Several of Rose's teammates, LeBron James included, already had said publicly that Rose did not owe them an apology for the time he missed.

The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions anticipated using Rose as a backup to Isaiah Thomas.

Wade also said that he's been enjoying his role with the team and that "this is the most fun I've had in a few years, just enjoying the game". "He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team. 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", Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman said.

As the source added, "It wasn't a big deal and didn't need to be".

The Wine and Gold will return to action on Wednesday versus the Sacramento Kings, and a win on the night will tie their franchise record of 13 consecutive victories. Rose left the team on a self-imposed separation but returned to the Cavs on Monday to resume rehab and treatment.

When Rose is healthy enough to play again, Cleveland is going to be in a position where it may have to make a choice.

A left ankle injury has sidelined Rose for much of the season. He's averaging 14.3 points in seven games with the Cavaliers, who signed him to a one-year, $2.1 million free-agent contract in July.

Lue said that the understated Rose was not particularly emotional when he spoke to the team. All we want is him to be happy and be back and that's great news for us and for him.

On Nov. 24, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported Rose was "seriously re-evaluating his future in the NBA" because of "increasing frustration with injuries".

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