Cedi Osman could come to the Cavaliers as early as next season, league sources have said, but Osman himself appears ready to wait another year.
Who is Osman and what might he offer, you ask?
Well, for starters, he was selected with the No. 31 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves. He was then immediately traded to the Cavs.
He’s 21 years old, a 6-foot-8 swingman and currently playing in Turkey. His father is Tukish, his mother Bosnian.
He spent last season playing with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, and is a two-time Turkish All-Star (2015 and ’16).
The scouting report on Osman is he is an above-average athlete who can run the floor and finish the break from the wing. NBA scouts have also raved about his playmaking and court vision.
He’s said to be at his best in the uptempo game, with some work still do in halfcourt sets.
Skills aside, Osman recently spoke to the Ihlas Press Agency and said: “I will go to the NBA after next season.”
The Cavs are champions and feature the likes of LeBron James, J.R. Smith (a free agent) and Richard Jefferson (supposedly returning) on the wings. So Osman may not get much of a chance to contribute. At least, not next season.
Staying in Europe and developing for one more season may not be such a bad idea.
Still, the bottom line on Osman appears to be this: Stay tuned.