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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.

Report: Cavs have trade, long-term extension in place for Kevin Love

Kevin LoveKevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers is as official as it can be without actually being official. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves have reached a deal for Love and that Love has agreed to sign a long-term extension with Cleveland.

As expected, the T-Wolves will get Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in addition to a protected first-round pick. The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23 because of NBA rules prohibiting players from being traded within 30 days of signing a rookie contract.

Love has reportedly made a “firm agreement” with the Cavs that he will opt out of his current contract after the 2014-2015 season and sign a five-year extension worth around $120 million. Woj also added that the Cavs felt a sense of pressure to make the deal now knowing they would not have the salary cap space needed to sign Love as a free agent next summer. Had they not traded for him, the Chicago Bulls likely would have.

It does not appear that there is a third team involved in the trade, as was previously reported.

So what does it all mean? The return of LeBron James instantly made the Cavs a championship contender. The addition of Love makes them downright scary. While Wiggins is a phenomenal talent and could wind up being one of the best players in the league, Cleveland is likely better off with Love in the short term. LeBron will turn 30 next season, so time is somewhat of the essence.

Love is a proven talent and an NBA All-Star. If healthy,  LeBron, Love and Kyrie Irving have a chance to dominate a weak Eastern Conference.

Report: Cavs, T-Wolves have ‘handshake agreement’ for Kevin Love trade

Kevin LoveThe Cavaliers and Timberwolves reportedly have a handshake agreement in place to send Kevin Love to Cleveland. Since the Cavs signed Andrew Wiggins to a contract on July 25, NBA rules require them to wait 30 days before trading the former Kansas star.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the 30-day waiting period is all the two teams are waiting for.

“The deal is done but not done,” Windhorst told ESPN New York Radio on Monday, via Matt Moore of CBSSports.com. “The teams have agreed but can’t say they’ve agreed because we’re in this weird moratorium period. Between now and then could a team come in with a trade that Minnesota doesn’t see? Yes, so it’s not done. But there is this handshake agreement.”

The T-Wolves have likely done their homework, so I doubt another team will have more to offer than Wiggins. Windhorst also noted that the Philadelphia 76ers are believed to be a third team involved in the deal. They would get former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett from Cleveland if all goes as planned, with Thad Young also going to Minnesota.

Reports have indicated all along that the Cavs’ offer is the best one the T-Wolves have for Kevin Love. Wiggins is considered by many to be a home run prospect who has even drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant. Unless another team gets desperate and somehow blows Minnesota away, LeBron and Love will soon be teammates.

T-Wolves owner: We are likely trading Kevin Love

Kevin LoveAll indications have been that the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to trade Kevin Love, and the team’s owner essentially confirmed that.

T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press‘ Charley Walters about the team’s plans.

“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Taylor told the Pioneer Press.

Walters says a deal is expected Aug. 23 or 24 because that is when the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are the likely trade partner, would be able to deal No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavs on July 24 and cannot be traded for a month per league rules.

Walters says the Warriors, Bulls and 76ers could also try to make plays for Love, but Cleveland likely has the strongest offer on the table.

This is no surprise — everything has pointed to this deal getting done. And given the circumstances, the Timberwolves would be receiving a heck of a return by getting back Wiggins and another player/pick or two. Wiggins is going to be a star. Love was going to leave them in a year anyway. This will be a great deal for both sides.