Kyrie’s not betting on himself. He knows that if he stays in Cleveland the Cavs’ll get stuffed again in the Finals and that’s going to get ugly and then everyone will clown him when LeBron leaves and Kyrie can’t get Cleveland out of the first round without him.
When you want to be the man you don’t ask to be traded to Kawhi’s team or to team up with KAT and Butler.
It’s preemptive face-saving. It’s protecting the brand. It’s cowardly.
That sounds harsh, but I would do the same in his position. But then I am a coward.