Once Kyrie Irving‘s request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers went public, pandemonium set in among basketball circles.

It's almost unfathomable to hear a star wanting out from a team that just completed three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals whole taking home a ring.

Irving is in a position many point guards in the league would love to be in, along side the best player in the game, on a championship roster, and still not even in his prime.

Whatever his reasons are for wanting out, he seems intent on playing in another city, and one thing that seems most important to him is playing with Team USA teammate, Jimmy Butler.

Butler was reportedly a target of former GM David Griffin before he was released by the Cavaliers, and since that time ,Irving has named a few teams he'd prefer to play with according to league sources, including New York.

While fans minds began racing regarding trade scenarios that would be considered by the Cavs, Adam Zagoria reports that Irving actually prefers to play out west away from the east coast, and specifically, the Knicks, conflicting with previous reports

The East Coast and/or the #Knicks is not Kyrie's preferred destination, per league sources.

This also subscribes to the theory that he's trying to get close to Butler, who was traded to the Timberwolves recently, a team who also happened to be on his list of preferred landing spots.

Where Irving ends up isn't his choice, of course. In fact, the Knicks have been directly linked to him in a reported trade proposal.