Derrick Rose’s NBA Future Is Officially in Jeopardy

Cleveland Cavaliers' Derrick Rose drives against the Miami Heat in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Tony Dejak/Associated Press

When video surfaced last week appearing to show Derrick Rose shooting by himself in an empty gym at Cleveland State University, the common reaction was one of sadness.

This is where the former MVP has found himself? Shooting alone in an empty college gym while waiting for the phone to ring?

With Thursday’s deadline for free agents to be playoff eligible, the phone has yet to ring with anything approaching a significant offer, multiple league sources told Bleacher Report.

And it’s left Rose, 29, the runaway 2010-11 MVP and once a force of nature in the game—until a barrage of injuries turned him into a shell of his former self—in a state of limbo.

“The injuries and lack of enthusiasm to play hurts him,” a Western Conference executive told B/R.

The first part is true; there’s no doubt that Rose’s injury history transformed a superlative talent seemingly destined to be a max player for life into a role player who agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million to be a

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