Reaction to Cedi Osman sighing a four-year, $31 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, just a day after the 2019 season opener.
The fourth year of the contract is reportedly Not guaranteed, according to SI’s Sam Amico.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
1. The contract begins next season and Sexton will earn $8.75 million. Osman’s annual take will descend in the years that follow. That’s pretty affordable by NBA standards for a player going into his second contract. Never forget that in this league, Matthew Dellavedova was given a four-year $38 million contract.
2. Osman’s a solid player, but at 24, I’m not sure his ceiling goes all that much higher. When compared with his peers, he just doesn’t seem to have the physical tools.
He averaged 13.0 points per game last season and shot about 35 percent from 3-point range. If he can give you a couple more points per night while upping his 3-point permeance a couple ticks, the Cavs will probably be happy.
Osman takes good shots, but I feel like every time I turned a game on last season he was taking a clanking a wide open jumper from the wing.
3. He plays small forward and quality players at three spot are hard to find…or do you want to bring JaMario Moon back?
4. He’s not a great defender, but he does try. Look, he’s young and comes without ego. He’s got a little experience under belt but he still needs developed. Fortunately, he has a coach that’s here to help in that department.
Osman has bought into what the Cavs are trying to do and signing him to this pact is better than searching for the unknown.
5. Overall, a decent extension for Cleveland. It’s not an ungodly amount of money, so if they need to move the contract at some point, so be it.
The decision not to guarantee the fourth year gives the Cavs options because the team who takes on Osman can just dump him before the start of the 2023-2024 season.
Your guess is as good as mine as to when this team can actually start thinking about contending for the playoffs. My guess is 2021-2022. If things go right for Osman, he’ll be a part of it.