Minnesota Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor spoke about Kevin Love's departure Tuesday, saying that if he knew then what he knows now, he would have signed Love to the five-year contract the power forward wanted in 2012, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.
Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Aug. 23 after reportedly requesting a move earlier in the offseason.
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During the 2011-12 season, Love wanted to become the Timberwolves' "designated player" to get a five-year deal with the team. Minnesota denied the request, and the power forward wound up singing a four-year extension with a three-year opt-out option instead.
Taylor also expressed concerns about Love's health and the role he might play in Cleveland.
"I don't think he's gonna get a lot of the credit if they do really well. I think he'll get blamed if they don't do well," said Taylor, who added that he thinks Love will be the Cavaliers' "third player."
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Taylor said he had a concern about the 25-year-old's health when he signed him to the four-year deal and thinks Cleveland should be concerned as well.
"If they sign him to a five-year deal, that's a big contract on a guy that's had some times he's missed some games," he said.
Love had arthroscopic surgery to remove a buildup of scar tissue in his left knee in April 2013.
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