Glen Taylor puts Kevin Love on blast

Taylor is bitter over K-Love decision to dump the T-Wolves.
Taylor is bitter over K-Love decision to dump the T-Wolves.

During his introductory news conference yesterday in Cleveland, Kevin Love followed Denny Green's path down the high road.

"I loved my time there. The people of Minnesota were great," Love said. "The fans were great. They showed up win, lose or draw... It was a great six years. I enjoyed my time."

Back in Minnesota, Wolves owner Glen Taylor wasn't as sanguine, however.

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During an appearance on 1500 ESPN, Taylor -- who maintained throughout the summer that his preference was to keep Love in Minnesota, even if it meant risking he might bolt next summer without the Wolves receiving anything in return -- openly wondered whether Love's move to Cleveland was best for his career.

"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."

Taylor also questioned the trade from Cleveland's standpoint. Love comes to them without having signed a contract extension, meaning he (and LeBron, for that matter) can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer.

"The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "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."

Ouch! But there's more.

"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 continued. "I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense and he's foul prone."

But despite ripping everything from Love's defense, to his durability, to the way he handled his trade request -- publicly, and through his agent -- Taylor went on to acknowledge that the Wolves (*ahem Kahn ahem*) made a mistake by not locking Love up with a five-year contract when they had the opportunity.

(For more, click to page two.)

"Oh, I'd say knowing what we know now, I would have signed him to the five years," Taylor said.

Asked to respond to Taylor's comments during a radio appearance in Cleveland this morning, Love said, "You know, I think emotions are definitely running high right now... For Glen to say that, I think he should be concentrating on the players he just received."

Speaking of those players, it appeared Andrew Wiggins and company had a grand old time at the State Fair following their introductory news conference:

We'd criticize Taylor's comments on the basis that blasting a just-departed All-Star doesn't bode well for enticing future free agents to come to Minnesota, but then again, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert ripped LeBron a new one back in 2010 when he left town for Miami, yet that didn't get in the way of the two reconciling this summer.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.

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