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Terry Rozier really wanted to be Knicks point-guard solution

The Knicks’ first choice for a free-agent point guard after Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker was on the Garden court Saturday while the one they signed sat out his ninth straight game with a hamstring strain.

As The Post reported, the Knicks targeted Terry Rozier in free agency but wound up losing him to the Hornets, getting outbid in a three-year, $58 million deal by Charlotte.

The Knicks wound up with Elfrid Payton, whose been out since the season’s fourth game versus Chicago after signing a two-year, $15 million pact.

Rozier thought at one point he’d wind up a Knick.

“It was probably one of my first options,’’ Rozier said. “I probably was going to make it happen. Other things happened and I ended up going to Charlotte. It was the interest they showed in me, that was big. The organization believed in me, why not.’’

Things happened quickly and the Knicks didn’t want to go three guaranteed years at that price.

“I didn’t know how crazy it gets once that free agency starts,’’ Rozier said. “[The Knicks] were one of the teams I was active with. It was hard to sleep. I was getting phone calls with my agent so much.’’

The former Celtics point guard is averaging 17 points and 4.9 assists, making 38.4 percent of his 3-pointers. Payton’s season hasn’t yet gotten traction.

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