The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions anticipated using Rose as a backup to Isaiah Thomas.
The Cavs have been very supportive of Rose throughout his time away from the team, but during that stretch without him they've finally gotten things together. "He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team".
Rose has missed the past 13 Cavs games and does not have a return timetable.
A Cavs spokesman said Rose would likely address the media for the first time since leaving the Cavs on November 22 either on Friday in Indianapolis or Saturday in Cleveland, before the Cavaliers host the Philadelphia 76ers.
While in retrospect, having Rose back to help add some depth to the depleted frontcourt seems like a good idea, there is speculation that it would be best if he did not return at all. In the meantime, the 29-year-old former All-Star will continue to rehab the troublesome ankle.
When Rose is healthy enough to play again, Cleveland is going to be in a position where it may have to make a choice. He suffered a left ankle injury seven games into the campaign and despite proving his worth by averaging 14.3 points in 26.9 minutes per contest, he left the team completely to contemplate his next move.
Lue said that the understated Rose was not particularly emotional when he spoke to the team. "But just hearing what he had to say and then just seeing how everyone was welcoming him back and was happy he's here".
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".