Friday August 29th, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said he isn't concerned with Kevin Love's defense.

After Love was officially traded to Cleveland from the Minnesota Timberwolves for rookie Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Love's defensive skills.

Griffin said he wasn't surprised by Taylor's comments and wants to move forward after the deal. 

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“I think he’s an elite defensive rebounder,” Griffin told FOX Sports Radio. “I have concerns relative to our ability to protect the rim, and that’s not just a Kevin question. We’re going to need to add that, but I don’t have any concerns about Kevin’s ability to be in the right place at the right time from a team defensive perspective.”

Love was third in the NBA in rebounds per game last season and had a defensive win share of 3.7. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (6.63) led the league in that category last season.

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