There were still skeptics at the Orlando summer league who wonder if the Knicks’ point-guard situation could turn into a mess. According to NBA sources, the Knicks were interested in Jennings because he has the ability to fill in as a starter in case something goes wrong with Derrick Rose’s knees. “Between the two of them, maybe you’ll get 82 games,” one cynical scout quipped.
The Post has learned Jennings requested a one-year contract to give himself a chance to prove himself and boost his stock for 2017’s free-agent bonanza. The Knicks were obliging as they seek to keep open 2017 cap space.
Sources have indicated it was Jennings who asked for a trade from Detroit — not thrilled to be in a backup situation with Reggie Jackson the Pistons’ No. 1 guy for the future. Jennings wanted a chance to prove himself to another organization before free agency, but the move to join his former Bucks coach Scott Skiles in Orlando turned into a nightmare. He shot 36.6 percent and Skiles didn’t enjoy the reunion.