Should the Cleveland Cavaliers bring back Cedi Osman for the next season?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. While it doesn’t make much sense to blow up the core four of Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley, or Jarrett Allen for just any reason, every other player on the roster should be in play. Every spot beyond those four should be up for grabs if improvements can be made.
For some players, like Ricky Rubio, a bounce-back season is expected. For other players like Isaac Okoro, it looks like his time as a starter on this team is over. Does that mean the Cavs will move on from him completely? No, but it does mean if a trade can be made with him involved, the Cavs shouldn’t hesitate if it means improving the roster.
One name the team could move on from is Cedi Osman, who has a contract of $6.7 million due, but it’s not guaranteed. It’s a rare non-guaranteed contract for the NBA, as most contracts are in fact fully guaranteed. Osman’s last year on his deal is not, meaning the Cavs could cut him and not have his nearly $7 million contract count against the cap.
Osman is an admittedly streaky player from time to time but should the Cavas move on from Osman?
The Cleveland Cavaliers should not move on from Cedi Osman this year
While the organization is split on what to do with Osman moving forward, with some ready to move on and others wanting to keep Osman, the fact is that players like Osman are not easy to find.
Osman is a point forward with very respectable shooting splits. He had some of his best career marks this year, and while his points per game fell by nearly two full points, Osman also lost nearly two shots per game due to the arrival of Donovan Mitchell. So he wasn’t getting as many looks.
Osman can pass, rebound, dribble, shoot, and play solid defense. In fact, Osman had a significantly higher true-shooting percentage than someone like Caris LeVert, who the Cavs gave significantly more shots to.
Osman deserves a bigger role in the offense in 2023-2024, and may finally be able to prove that he belongs on this team to those who doubt him.