Former Knicks and current Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose said he did have interest in returning to New York after the organization fired president Phil Jackson, however said he was content with being a member of the Cavaliers.
"I would've loved coming back," Rose said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I loved playing there, even though we lost, the city itself, the fans. And they made changes, Phil being gone -- I would've loved to be a part of it."
Rose, who spent one season as a member of the Knicks, did not receive an offer from current team president Steve Mills, and head coach Jeff Hornacek didn't believe Rose fit into the team's plans for the future. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, said in July that Rose previously had no interest in re-joining the Knicks.
"Is there something going [on] in New York we didn't see?" Armstrong said over the summer. "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."
Added Rose, who signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cavaliers in the offseason: "From our side, we didn't hear anything. With us not hearing anything, we knew they were looking somewhere else when they drafted a point guard. We were on two different pages."
Rose, 29, said LeBron James reached out to him and recruited him to Cleveland, where he has averaged 13 points, three rebounds and 27 minutes per game this season entering Sunday's matchup between New York and Cleveland. Last year, Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games.
"That's all I needed to hear," Rose told Berman. "Someone's willing to give me an opportunity. That's all I need -- a chance.''