Now that Kevin Love is officially headed to Cleveland, it’s time for everyone to weigh in on how this trade will affect the Cavaliers’ chances this upcoming season. That was expected from analysts and maybe players from other teams, but I didn’t expect to hear the thoughts of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on the matter. But that’s exactly what we got when he sat down with ESPN’s Derek Wetmore.
“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 a team. I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get the blame if they don’t do well. He’s going to have to learn to handle that.
“I think he’s around a couple guys are awful good. Now I’m not saying that Kevin’s not good, but I think where maybe he got away with some stuff, not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure how that’s going to work in Cleveland. So I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense. And he’s foul-prone.”
You can’t say that Wetmore doesn’t make some valid points there. Love is setting himself in a similar to position to where Chris Bosh found himself over the last few seasons. Bosh took a lot of flak for any Heat failures, most of it unjustly so. If the Cavaliers struggle at all, I can see Love taking a lot of blame, especially if his play isn’t impeccable from the start. LeBron James is the golden boy of Ohio and Kyrie Irving has been there for years, making Love the easiest one for fans and media to zero in on.
That being said, I think Cleveland is the best fit for Love. It gives him a phenomenal chance to win and win now. The style of play of the rest of the team should be perfect for him to flourish. What I’m not so sure about is whether he is the best fit for the Cavs (as I wrote earlier this month) so I guess I agree with Taylor there again.
Really though, this isn’t very consequential. Minnesota got a great return on Love, which held much more weight for the Wolves than Love’s future success. If Taylor owned a team that was more… uh, competitive… then this might be further fuel for a rivalry. As is, I don’t think the Wolves and Cavs will draw anyone extra into the Quicken Loans Arena.