G Derrick Rose, who agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cavaliers last week, had no interest to return to the Knicks, his agent told Marc Berman of the NY Post.
The Knicks did not make Rose an offer to return.
"Did we miss something?," Rose's agent B.J. Armstrong said. "Is there something going [on] in New York we didn't see? We all would agree they are on a different timeline than Derrick - a young team with great young talent there and trying to build something for the future. They're not on the same timeline as players who are a little older and experienced.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out Derrick's best basketball is right now," Armstrong continued. The Knicks aren't ready to compete at that level right now. It could be three, four years."
Rose spoke with LeBron James throughout the process before agreeing to his deal with Cleveland, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 28-year-old Rose, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus, earned $21 million with New York last season. He averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games.
Rose had expressed his desire to remain a Knick to former team president Phil Jackson and agent B.J. Armstrong in June.
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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that Derrick Rose didn't want to come back to the Knicks. The guy didn't show up to a game and gave the Knicks no explanation as to why.
Rose's agent claiming it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that his best basketball is right now is honestly a ludicrous comment. In no way, shape, or form is Rose's best basketball right now. I'm not sure what planet anyone would be on making that kind of comment.
Rose had a nice season last year, but the 28-year-old has been through so many injuries to his knees that he isn't the former MVP that he was. Not to mention, he is coming off surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
The Knicks are headed in another direction and bringing in youth. They have no need for Rose right now, especially on a one-year deal in a rebuilding year where they want to see what they have in rookie Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker. It's better off for the Knicks to have players who are hungry and show up to the arena for games.