As if the Cleveland Cavaliers hadn’t hard tough season as it is, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin are reporting that Derrick Rose has been “away from” the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are home in Ohio ahead tonight’s match-up against the Charlotte Hornets.

Why this matters: According to the report, Rose has been sidelined since November 7th following an ankle sprain. ESPN reports that the former MVP “has not been with the team for the better part of a week.”

Back in January when Rose was a member of the New York Knicks he left to go back home to his native city of Chicago to deal with a “family situation”. Team officials, teammates and coaches were unable to reach him, and were left wondering where he was. The Knicks fined him at the time for the unexcused absences.

What’s next?: The Cavs front office has excused Rose’s absences as he tries to figure out his future in the NBA.