Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt went into full damage control mode with the media following practice Monday, after landing in some hot water by strangely claiming that Kevin Love isn’t a max-level player yet.

Blatt says the press twisted his words, and that he was simply discussing the nitty-gritty details of the All-Star forward’s contract.

Love and his coach discussed the issue, and both say it’s water under the bridge.

Per the Akron Beacon Journal:

“My comment was either misunderstood or misconstrued,” Blatt said Monday after practice. “I was simply saying that with our team he does not have a max contract because we’re not allowed to talk to him about anything until after the season is over.”

 

Blatt said he addressed his comments with Love, who wasn’t upset by it. […] “I wanted to get the context of it all,” Love said. “Once I got the context and what he was talking about, he’s right. We can’t talk about anything about this summer or contracts or anything of that nature so I just let it roll off.”

 

“Kevin Love to me is a player of the highest order,” Blatt said Monday. “Whether you want to define that by max contract or any other thing, he’s one of the best players in the NBA.”