If a Jae Crowder deal does happen it will apparently involve Cedi Osman, which is a bad idea
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a team that can be an NBA Finals contender for years to come. Making smart moves to fortify and improve the team are key to capitalizing on this bounty of riches, but adding the right pieces matters more than just making moves. That’s why it’s key that the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t make rash decisions by acquiring Jae Crowder.
Crowder is a player with a sterling reputation as a player, but one that does not get backed up by stats. He’s often a below-average defender and is routinely unreliable offensively. He’s a good grinder kind of player, can give you 20 minutes and 6 fouls worth of action but you aren’t going to rely on him to win you games.
Yet, the Cavs have had talks with him, and they apparently involve a swap of Crowder for Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman. Mark Stein writes;
"I’ve heard this in only one place, and trade discussions tend to be fluid, but I was told over the weekend that any talk of Cleveland swapping Cedi Osman for Crowder, is no more than that. At least for now."
The Cleveland Cavaliers should not trade Cedi Osman for Jae Crowder
The Cleveland Cavaliers have an issue and it’s not needing burly small forwards that can hold Kevin Durant to two-fewer points than normal. No, they need more three-point shooting. If we include Darius Garland, the Cavs realistically have three players who can shoot from three. Garland, Kevin Love and Osman.
Guys like Caris LeVert and Dean Wade can contribute but aren’t very reliable from that range. Osman, Love, and Garland are your best bets, and considering how poor the starting five is at shooting threes already, the last thing you want to do is give up a guy who can make a difference in that area.
Especially for a guy like Crowder, who has had problems integrating into teams before.