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Kevin Love to Glen Taylor: Focus on your own team

Kevin-Love-bald-headMinnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor took some parting shots at Kevin Love on Tuesday, pointing out some shortcomings in the star forward’s game and wondering out loud if he will be a good fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love responded on Wednesday by basically telling Taylor to worry about himself.

Love’s message during an appearance on “Mike and Mike” was that Taylor received enough of a haul in the trade that he should be focusing on the Timberwolves and nothing else.

“I think emotions are definitely running high right now,” Love said. “For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young.

“I think he got a lot for me. So I’d be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I’m just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here.”

Taylor is obviously bitter that he was unable to keep Love. He admitted that he regrets not giving Love the deal the three-time NBA All-Star sought back in 2012, but in the next breath he questioned whether Love can stay healthy and handle not being the biggest star on his team.

Personally, I agree with Love. Minnesota got a player in Wiggins that many feel could be the next Kobe Bryant. If you can’t keep your biggest star, you might as well get one with no ceiling in return. Taylor has nothing to be angry about after the way the Love era ended.

T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor takes parting shots at Kevin Love

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Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is kicking himself for not signing Kevin Love to a maximum five-year contract extension, but the team owner still has some criticism for the franchise’s former top player.

Though Taylor admitted at a press conference Tuesday that he regrets not giving Love the deal the forward sought in 2012, he did mention some shortcomings in the forward’s game.

Let’s start with the concerns over Love’s health.

“The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health,” Taylor said via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I had that concern then. I still have that concern, and Cleveland should have that concern, too: if he can keep his health. If they sign him to a five-year contract like they’re thinking about, that’s a big contract on a guy who’s had some times when he has missed games.”

That’s fair considering Love has gone through multiple wrist injuries and a knee surgery.

Taylor then took a shot at Love’s defense, which has widely been acknowledged as a weakness. He also said Love would be the No. 3 player on the Cleveland Cavaliers behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

“I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him,” Taylor said of Love. “I think he’ll be the third player on a team. I don’t think he’ll get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get the blame if they don’t do well. He’ll have to learn to handle that. He’s around a couple guys who are awful good.

“Now I’m not saying Kevin isn’t good. I think where he maybe got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure how it’s going to work in Cleveland. I guess they will ask him to play more defense.”

Way to kick a guy on his way out!

If Taylor doesn’t think Love will be a key player on the Cavs and get a lot of credit for the team’s success — and they will succeed — then he’s every bit as nuts as I thought he was and that helps explain why his team has sucked for so long. This may be good for Love. Taylor’s thoughts could motivate him.

Timberwolves announce Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade with newspaper ad

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Saturday was the first day Andrew Wiggins was eligible to be traded after signing his rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers 30 days ago, and as expected the No. 1 overall pick was officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. The T-Wolves introduced their new players with a newspaper ad in the Pioneer Press.

While the Cavs will likely be the Eastern Conference favorites with a big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love, the Timberwolves have assembled an exciting young core of players. Minnesota drafted Zach LaVine with its first-round pick in June and will now add two top overall picks in Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. The Wolves are also getting 26-year-old Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers.

As expected, Philly will receive a first-round draft pick, Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

H/T SB Nation
Photo: Twitter/John Shipley

Suns offer Eric Bledsoe for Kevin Love trade to T-Wolves

Eric Bledsoe SunsThe Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers has been agreed upon and is expected to go through on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the Phoenix Suns from making a last-minute offer for the big man.

According to ESPN, the Suns offered Eric Bledsoe to Minnesota for Love in a sign-and-trade deal.

Bledsoe and the Suns are at odds over the emerging guard’s contract situation.

Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and has been offered a 4-year, $48 million deal by the team. Bledsoe is seeking a max deal for 5 years and $80 million from Phoenix, or a max deal of four years and $64 million if another team signs him to a max offer sheet.

After a contentious offseason where the relationship between Bledsoe and the Suns soured, reports said this week that the Suns were finally willing to sign-and-trade deals for the point guard. They’re not going to get Love for him, but this further shows they’re looking to trade Bledsoe.