When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer, he presented them with a list of teams he wanted to join, which included the New York Knicks.
According to the New York Post, however, the Cavs were unwilling to engage in talks with them unless they included Kristaps Porzingis in any move.
As a result, it never materialised and it was the Boston Celtics who swooped for the All-Star point guard in a blockbuster trade in late August which saw them give up Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and multiple draft picks.
After the Celtics' 110-89 win over the Knicks last night, Irving explained why New York was among his list of preferred destinations.
“It’s pretty easy man. They were on my list for a reason, I think you guys know that. Close to home, that’s about it," he said.
When Kyrie was on the trading block, fans in the Big Apple were dreaming of seeing the superstar bring his talents to Madison Square Garden.
But it wasn't just the Knicks faithful who wanted to see 'Uncle Drew' arrive. Porzingis has also admitted that he dreamed about lining up alongside Irving.
“Playing with a guy like that would make the game a lot easier,’’ he said, per 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.’’
The 22-year-old was in Latvia training for the European championships when the news about Kyrie broke and he admitted he wasn't focusing on it too much.
“I saw it on Twitter,’’ Porzingis said. “As I said, I wasn’t trying to pay too much attention to my own trade talks — even less to other guys.”
A pairing of KP and the All-NBA guard would have made the Knicks relevant again and given them two legitimate stars to build around.
But the Latvian is now the sole star of the franchise after they traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He has made a strong start to the campaign despite his team beginning with a 0-3 record. The third-year man is averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds so far.
It's easy to see why he would love to have another star such as Irving in New York with him as he's struggling to turn his impressive individual numbers into wins without much help.