To me, this is telling:
Lin says that would have been his strong preference. He traveled to Los Angeles this summer to dine with Mike Woodson, and came away excited -- even though Woodson, who was in Los Angeles to visit Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Landry Fields, said he lacked time to venture to Palo Alto to see Lin.
Then Lin's relations with the Knicks went like this: He learned the Knicks didn't want to make him a contract offer, but instead wanted the market to set his value. He heard they were going to bring in other point guards. He signed the only offer he had on the table, from the Rockets. He learned online about the Raymond Felton trade. And the next time he talked to the Knicks in any meaningful way, as Lin tells it, it was to field a phone call learning the Knicks would not match.Yeah, seems like the Knicks really wanted JLin.