After the deal, which sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, was finalized this past weekend, it seems emotions are running high.
Following Love’s official departure, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor took to the radio to offer his thoughts on his former All-Star will fare in Cleveland.
“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,” Taylor said on ESPN Radio 1500 AM on Tuesday (Aug. 26). “I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense, and he’s foul-prone.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
In response, Love said Taylor needs to focus on his own team — and the additions of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young — and not him.
“I think emotions are definitely running high right now,” Love told ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” on Wednesday (Aug. 27). “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.”