Cedi Osman was the 31st overall draft pick by the Cavs in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 22-year-old has been playing professionally in Turkey and has advised his international team, Anadolu Efes, that he intends to play in the NBA next season.
Cleveland.com has reported that he is currently in Las Vegas spending time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Per that report, the Cavs are unable to offer more than the rookie minimum of $816,000 without dipping into the mid-level exception. If they were to cut into the mid-level exception to sign him for more, it would limit the amount they’re able to offer another player in free agency. Besides that, they could either trade him or send him back to Turkey.
Cedi Osman has been a highly valued prospect since he was selected by the Cavs in 2015. He is a 6’8″ small forward who’s an excellent defender and 3-point shooter. He has above average ball handling skills for his size and can run the point as well as shooting guard position. His youth, combined with his shooting and ability to guard multiple positions would make him a valuable addition to this Cavs roster.
His contract situation is already complicated. Cedi may desire a contract greater than the rookie minimum, but offering one would limit the Cavs options with other free agents. On top of this, the Cavaliers lack of a GM makes these negotiations even tougher. If they were to look into trading him, his value on his own is limited and would not bring much. Without any other future assets to pair him with, he would be much better served playing on the team next year. Hopefully, the Cavs will be able to work out a deal with Cedi to finally bring him over.
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