Wednesday is the deadline for Derrick Rose to take the Brandon Jennings path. The Knicks would need to be waived Rose on March 1 for him to be eligible for a playoff roster with another club. Instead he will face Orlando on Wednesday night as the starting point guard and won’t be asking for a buyout.

After nearly being dealt at the trade deadline to Minnesota for Ricky Rubio, Rose, who scored 19 points in the Knicks’ 101-90 victory, is stuck with the Knicks, even if the club could face a lot of meaningless games this March and April. Rose, who has five playoff stints under his belt, hasn’t yet given up on the chase with the Knicks (25-36) four games out of the eighth seed.

Still, as he enters free agency, Rose admitted he wants to sign with a winner and that topic will arise when he has his exit meetings with Knicks brass. The Knicks, who may be in rebuilding mode, appear ready to move on from Rose, though holding onto him now makes sense because they could get back an asset by using him in a July sign-and-trade – even for Rubio.

“You have to think about all that in the offseason,’’ said Rose, who can sign a contract extension with the Knicks before July 1. “I’ll be a free agent. Sitting down at the table, I think we’ll have to talk about. I really can’t think about or see how it’s going to go while I’m still playing here.”

Last season with the Bulls was Rose’s first healthy season in which he didn’t make the playoffs. He entered this season referring to the Knicks as “a superteam.’’

“Of course [it’s tough], winning all your life winning ever since grammar school and won all the early years in the league to have first losing season in the NBA, in any profession that’s hard,’’ Rose said. “You have to find a way around it. I can’t control what’s out of your hand and circumstances you can’t control. The work ethic is the only thing I can control. And being professional.