Rose (ankle) has been cleared to play Thursday against the Magic, but will have a minutes restriction, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Rose will be returning to the lineup after a little over two months on the sidelines, opting to continue his playing career despite rumors regarding a potential retirement due to recurring injuries. Look for Rose to come off the bench as a reserve point guard behind Isaiah Thomas and he's fully expected to be eased into the action, so he'll only field limited minutes for now. Fantasy owners will likely want to steer clear for the time being until his role is clarified over the next few weeks. That said, he could cut in the minutes of Dwyane Wade, who's been acting as a ball-handler in the second unit for much of the season.
Rose made a return to practice Wednesday and now it appears as though the point guard is going to make his long-awaited return to the floor Thursday. Rose has been out since early November due to an ankle sprain, and given his lengthy absence, the point guard will likely be limited Thursday. Expect an official update on Rose's status and any minutes restrictions to come later on Thursday.
Rose (ankle) took part in practice Wednesday and should be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Magic, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Rose hasn't taken the floor since early November while dealing with personal matters and an ankle injury, the latter of which being what's currently keeping him on the shelf. Coach Tyronn Lue reportedly "doesn't know" if Rose will be available Thursday, so he should be considered questionable for the contest. That said, with Isaiah Thomas now in the fold, it's unclear what kind of role Rose will have when he does return.
There was some optimism that Rose could return during the team's road trip, but that will not happen. It's unclear at the moment if he's suffered a setback or if he simply won't yet be re-integrated into the rotation.
Rose has been sidelined since early November with a sprain and bone spurs in his ankle, but he's progressed in his recovery and was running full-court drills at Friday's practice. "I haven't had any pain, I haven't had any setbacks," Rose said. "If anything I've been progressing every day and every week, so I'm on the right track." It's unclear when, exactly, Rose could return to the Cavs' rotation, but coach Ty Lue implied that Rose will take minutes, and perhaps games, away from veteran Dwyane Wade, who the Cavs will attempt to preserve for the playoffs. "I think playing D Wade on a lot of back to backs has been tough for him," Lue said Friday. "Some games where he doesn't feel great, but we don't really have the extra ball handler to sit him. So when D Rose gets back, he'll definitely help with that and help with D Wade getting his rest and being able to feel good on the floor." When Rose returns, he's unlikely to hold enough of a role to warrant fantasy ownership, particularly considering the Cavs will presumably have Isaiah Thomas back on a full-time basis at that point.
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