Earlier this week, ESPN reported that Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor made some statements about the Kevin Love trade, commenting on Love’s defense, claiming that Love will get the blame if the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle and bringing up Love’s injury history.
I understand the frustration that Taylor must feel now that Love has officially left the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and now Love, is in a strong position to make it to the NBA Finals, while the Timberwolves are rebuilding yet again. However, the Timberwolves got a great haul for Love, by getting Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young.
These are three players with a lot of potential that the Timberwolves would not have gotten if Love had left through free agency, and getting an established player in Young, and two former first overall players in Bennett and Wiggins is a lot better haul than most NBA teams have gotten for a superstar player who has demanded to be traded.
Even though I agree with some of Taylor’s points, making these comments right after the trade just makes it seem like Taylor is bitter about trading Love. To be fair, no one would be happy about having to trade Love, but these comments are just unnecessary.
Honestly, going forward Taylor and the Timberwolves would be best served by Taylor taking the advice Love gave Taylor after hearing Taylor’s comments, which was to focus on the players he got rather than the player he lost. Taylor needs to be more concerned about the development of his team’s young talent and needs to make sure they have all the pieces they need to succeed in the future.
Nobody who is a part of the Timberwolves organization or a Timberwolves fan wants to go through with this process again at the end of Wiggins’ rookie contract. Fans of the Toronto Raptors are already chomping at the bit for Wiggins to be a free agent even though they still have to wait for four years, however, if the Timberwolves can effectively use the young talent they have, Toronto will never get the chance as the Timberwolves cam be a legitimate contender by that time even in the competitive Western conference.
Taylor may end up being completely right of his assessment of Love in Cleveland, it is true that Love’s defense was often not great when he played for the Timberwolves and that there will be a lot of pressure on Love to do well since Cleveland traded Wiggins to get Love. But Taylor doesn’t need to worry about how Love will do in Cleveland, Love made his decision to leave for better or worse for Love and the Timberwolves. Taylor just needs to do what one does after any big break up, move on.