Cleveland Cavaliers rumors: Cedi Osman, Rodney Hood drawing interest

Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

In Cleveland Cavaliers trade rumors, there is reported interest from a few teams in forwards Cedi Osman and Rodney Hood as the NBA trade deadline looms Feb. 7.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers engaging in an all-out march toward landing Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, their current on-court product has become unwatchable.

At 8-32, the Cavs stink, and that’s led to questions surrounding the current makeup of the roster with the NBA trade deadline looming Feb. 8.

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Cedi Osman and Rodney Hood are reportedly drawing interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Amico Hoops founder Sam Amico.

The longtime basketball scribe added the the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers also have interest in Hood, whom the Cavs acquired last season from Utah Jazz.

The rumblings Amico reported were part of a larger column detailing just how off the rails this season has gone for the Cavs.

It’s insane to think there was talk of this team contending for a playoff spot before the start of the season. Now, this season and all the losing will be considered a failure if the Cavs don’t end up with one of the worst three records in the league, assuring themselves of a shot at the first overall pick.

No one on the Cavs’ roster is safe, as Amico quoted an anonymous NBA GM as saying that if he were in charge of Cleveland’s roster, “everyone” would be available.

This is the first we’re hearing of Osman receiving trade interest. He’s a solid player, but he’s young and often times disappears during a game. That’s not a reason to give up on him, but if moving him helps set your franchise up for the future, so be it.

Also look for Kevin Love rumors. He isn’t expected to return to the court until the end of the month. Teams will surely have interest in the 6-foot-10 stretch forward, but they probably want to see him play a little before swinging a trade.

• Previously, it was reported the Cavs were taking calls on Alec Burks, who they received in the trade that sent Kyle Korver to the Jazz.

Tristan Thompson would make sense for a contending team, but he carries such a hefty contract you’d have to wonder if he’d be all that desirable to opposing teams.

• There hasn’t been anything reported on this, but I wonder if Jordan Clarkson is still here after the trade deadline. He’s the Cavs’ best scorer–and probably their most consistent player this season. He’s making $12.5 million this season and $13.3 million next season.

By NBA standards, Clarkson, who is averaging 16.9 points per game, is relatively affordable.

You may think: “Why trade Clarkson?!”

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To which I’d reply, Why not? If it means collecting draft picks, it doesn’t make all that much sense to keep him.