Before Kyrie Irving became a member of the Boston Celtics, he wasn't sure where he'd end up this offseason as trade rumors swirled with his name after he requested a trade away from the Cavaliers.
Irving, who scored 20 points against the Knicks on Tuesday night, said New York was definitely a destination on his preferred list.
"It's pretty easy man. They were on my list for a reason, I think you guys know that," Irving said after the Celtics' 110-89 win over the Knicks. "Close to home, that's about it. I'm not going to go into detail about all that extra stuff because I know where this is going to lead.''
Irving, the 2012 Rookie of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star would have been a nice piece for the Knicks to have, Kristaps Porzingis told reporters before the game. However, according to the New York Post, Cleveland would only deal Irving in a package that included Porzingis. The Knicks did not make that deal, instead trading Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and a 2018 second-round draft pick.
"Playing with a guy like that would make the game a lot easier,'' Porzingis said, according to the New York Post. "That's dreaming how it would be. He's not here with us. He's in Boston. That type of player would bring a lot to this team.''
Though Irving ended up in Boston, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said it's a positive sign that Irving even included the Knicks in the discussions.
"Any time a great player in this league has you on their list, you got to be happy about it,'' Hornacek said. "He ended up here in Boston. He's going to really help those guys."