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Timberwolves owner regrets not giving Kevin Love five-year deal

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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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