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Mike Woodson said Knicks wanted Jeremy Lin back

Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets tries to

Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets tries to get to the hoop against Raymond Felton. (Dec. 17, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mike Woodson admitted what had been known until the Rockets changed their original offer for Jeremy Lin.

“We wanted Jeremy back,” Woodson said before Monday’s game. “I made that publicly [known] back in the summer when we were going through the recruitment process. But things changed from a business standpoint and Jeremy decided to take the Houston deal.”

The Knicks actually decided not to match the deal. They planned on matching the Rockets’ offer of three years guaranteed for $19.5 million.

When they changed it to three-years, $25.1 million - all guaranteed - that included the $14.9 million poison pill in Year 3 - the Knicks decided not to match it. They worked out a deal for Raymond Felton and they've been better off with veteran point guards running the team.

“As an organization, we’ve moved on,” Woodson said. “We were able to go out and field guys Kidd and Pablo and Raymond. We’re excited about those three guys we’ve fielded because they’ve come in here and put us in our position.

"It’s no knock against Jeremy. He did what he had to do by making his decision. We’ve done what we had to do. We wish him nothing but the best except when he plays the Knicks. That’s it.”

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