Agent: Knicks’ Rose actually loves New York

Derrick Rose is thrilled to be back in a winning environment.

Despite all the talk at the trading deadline, Derrick Rose wants to remain with the New York Knicks, his agent told Sirius XM NBA radio.

Rose is represented by former NBA point guard B.J. Armstrong.

“It was an opportunity to see what his value truly was throughout the league,” Armstrong said of the trade talks on Sirius XM NBA radio Saturday. “So as you can see, through all the reports, there were teams that were interested in him and what he does and what he brings to the court.”

The Knicks and Minnesota reportedly came close to a Rose-for-Ricky Rubio swap. There had also between talk of a three-way deal between the Knicks, Timberwolves and Detroit that involved Rose, Rubio and Reggie Jackson of the Pistons.

But none of those deals took place, and Rose stayed in the Big Apple.

From the sounds of things, he’s OK with it, too.

“I wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t traded,” Armstrong said of Rose. “Derrick is putting together, game by game, coming back and really beginning to play at a consistent level to where he’s at and what he’s going to be at this stage of his career.

“So I think there was a lot of rumors, his name was out there. But in the end, I think the Knicks did what they thought was in their best interests.”