Like many basketball fans, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is relieved that the Kevin Love soap opera has come to an end. However, happy may not be the best way to describe how he feels about the idea of Love playing in Cleveland.
Taylor appeared on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in Minneapolis on Tuesday to talk about Love’s move to the Cavs and plenty else. According to the interview, he hasn’t spoken to Love and doesn’t plan on doing so until the two teams play each other. He would’ve preferred a call from Love before this shitstorm, per the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. We’re not sure if he’ll make the trip to Cleveland for Minnesota’s game against the Cavs on Dec. 23, but we’re almost sure he’ll be there at the Target Center for their next meeting on Jan. 31.
Taylor sounds an awful lot like a certain bitter owner did when the greatest player in the world took his talents to South Beach four years ago.
Here’s Taylor calling Love the third-best player on the Cavs:
“I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him because I think he’s going to be the third player on the team,” Taylor said. “I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get blame if they don’t do well. He’s around a couple guys that are awful good.”
And here’s Taylor saying how Love will get exposed for defensive liabilities:
“I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure that’s how it’s going to work in Cleveland. I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense and he’s foul prone.”
Lastly, here’s Taylor questioning Love’s durability:
“If they sign him to a five-year contract like they’re thinking about, that’s a big contract on a guy that’s had some times he’s missed games. The only thing I still have a question mark about is health. I had that concern then (when they negotiated his previous contract) and I still have that concern. I think Cleveland should have that concern too.”
This is nothing like what LeBron did to Cleveland when he left for Miami. I’m not talking about The Decision, either. Cleveland got nothing in return, except a measly ol’ sign-and-trade offer with Miami where they racked up some draft picks. It’s obvious from that radio interview that he didn’t want to trade Love. He was always reportedly hesitant to trade Love, and later admitted that he should have locked him up to a long-term deal in 2012. Instead, Love signed a four-year contract with an opt-out clause after the third year.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda.
He needs to look at the bright side. At least the Wolves are getting a serviceable No. 1 overall pick in exchange for Love. It could’ve been worse if he waited for Love’s contract to expire after next season. And who knows, maybe you’ll get incredibly lucky like Cleveland did and win the lottery three out of the next four years.
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