Rose (personal) has been cleared of all charges related to the alleged sexual assault case he's been tending to in Los Angeles, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.
Rose is not subject to any sort of punishment, which means he should be able to return to the Knicks in short order. Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Rose isn't expected to play in the Knicks' final two preseason games, although it's yet to be determined whether this verdict changes that sentiment. With that said, Rose will need to get his conditioning in order right off the bat, which will ultimately determine if he's able to see any final preseason action prior to the Oct. 25 regular season opener.
Rose remains away from the team while awaiting the verdict in his civil trial in Los Angeles, and coach Jeff Hornacek said the team isn't preparing to have the point guard available as the team wraps up its preseason schedule. Hornacek cited conditioning as a concern for Rose, as well as the psychological impact of the trial, but the team is still expecting him to resume working out in New York on Friday. Brandon Jennings figures to make two more starts in place of Rose, but assuming there's no significant delay in the conclusion of the trial, Rose should be ready to reclaim his spot on the top unit for the Oct. 25 regular-season opener against the Cavaliers.
As of Tuesday, Rose remains away from the team while attending his civil trial in Los Angeles stemming from an alleged sexual assault. The Knicks are hoping Rose can return to play Wednesday in Boston or Thursday in Brooklyn, but at this point his status for the final two preseason games is firmly up in the air. However, Hornacek indicated that the plan is for Rose to start the regular season opener Tuesday against Cleveland, assuming he's present at all practices after the preseason ends. In the event the trial drags on and Rose is unavailable, Brandon Jennings would move into the lineup at point guard.
Rose's civil trial in Los Angeles still remains ongoing, but the presiding judge indicated that he hopes to reach a resolution by Tuesday. The point guard has been working out on his own while he's been away from the team, but once Rose rejoins the Knicks, coach Jeff Hornacek said that he may need time to regain conditioning. With that in mind, it's not a lock that Rose will suit up in either of the team's remaining exhibition contests, even if his trial concludes as soon as anticipated.
Rose made his Knicks debut on Oct. 4 against the Rockets, but he's missed the last two preseason contests while attending the ongoing trial. The point guard's availability for the remainder of the preseason would appear to be in serious jeopardy, and at this point, it's now unclear if the trial will conclude before the start of the regular season on Oct. 25. If it does not, Brandon Jennings, who has played well of late in Rose's absence, would likely step in as the starting point guard in the interim.
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