Cedi Osman is a walking Rascal Flatts song because this one hurts the most. Despite his status being all over the place in 2021-2022, Osman played the fifth most amount of games for the Cavaliers and was eighth on the team among all players who finished the season on the Cavaliers.
He’s a point forward with a good first step, a great ability to dribble out of trouble, and tremendous play-making vision. The problem is he’s streakier than a dude running across your screen in the buff on Sundays. Osman is beloved but we call it as we see it here, and he’s very expendable.
If the Cavs land a guy like Gordon Hayward, then Osman not only becomes expendable on the bench for minutes but he very easily could be sent back in the trade. He’s a great teammate, and an even better guy, but the team has got to maximize every roster spot, and if you’re a shooter who’s struggling to shoot, that’s a problem.
Ideally, he’d get more opportunities as a point-forward with the team but let’s be honest, that’s an experiment. If the Cavs get back Ricky Rubio and Collin Sexton, then you have three better, more proven ball-handlers who can lead the offense. Osman has got to fix his shot and be more consistent, otherwise a trade or the right drafted player will end his time in the rotation.