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Kevin Love's Cleveland Cavaliers move questioned by bitter Timberwolves owner

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Kevin Love is officially a Cleveland Cavaliers player having been unveiled by the franchise yesterday but the switch has clearly left a bitter taste for the owner of his former franchise the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Despite receiving the two most recent number one draft pics as part of the three-way trade that saw Kevin Love depart for Cleveland, Glen Taylor couldn't hide his dissatisfaction with Love himself when speaking to sports radio show '1500ESPN'.

Parting shot

"I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him because I think he's going to be third player no a team," Taylor explained.

"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 handle that."

Any player on a team which also contains the name of LeBron James is automatically relegated to second spot at best and with Kyrie Irving contininuing to impress in Cleveland perhaps Taylor is right that Love has sacrificsed his undisputed spot as T'Wolves' number one guy in favor of only third best at the Cavaliers.

But in doing so Love has also given himself a great chance at winning a title - something Geln Taylor and Minnesota never got close to during Love's six-year career with the franchise.

And as he continued Taylor seemed keen to stress some of Kevin Love's potential weaknesses that could be exposed in a title-challenging roster:

"I think he's around a couple of guys (who) 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."

Weak move

Micky Arison showed how an NBA owner should react when losing their star player during the offseason - the Miami Heat owner voicing his obvious disappointment but overall respect for LeBron James shortly after the four-time NBA MVP's decision to leave was announced.

Greg Taylor seems to have missed that memo however and continued to critique Kevin Love:

"The only thing that I still have a question mark about will be his (Love's) health. I had that concern then, I still have that concern and I think Cleveland should have that concern, too. 

"If they sign him to a five-year contract like they're thinking about, I mean that's a big contract in a guy that's had some times where he's missed games."

Not exactly the way to remember one of the best players to grace your franchise in recent times.

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Love responds

Kevin Love responded to the comments made by his former employer on Wednesday morning via ESPN's Mike and Mike show, showing a great degree more class than Taylor in combating the criticism:

"I think emotions are definitely running high right now. For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received," the 2014 All-Star explained.

"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 more. So I'd be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I'm just excited to start my time in Cleveland."

And having jumped from an NBA also ran franchise (for whom he never made a playoff appearance) to an outright title contender for the 2014-15 season Kevin Love has every right to be excited.

As for Glen Taylor meanwhile, perhaps he should take Love's advice and focus on the young talent he now finds at his franchise.

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