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Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman
Position: F-G
Born: 04/08/95
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $7,426,088
Scouting report
“I’m just trying to carry over what I did last season,” Osman told Sunday night following the 117-107 overtime win against the Washington Wizards. “I know what (Cavs coach) J.B. (Bickerstaff) expects of me every night. I’ve been talking to him constantly. He just wants me to be myself. Most importantly, he expects energy and defensive effort from me every time I’m on the floor. I’m aware of that. I’m capable of doing it. I’ve accepted the challenge. Knowing my role makes the game easier for me. Makes it more enjoyable too.”
Teammate Kevin Love, who has grown close with Osman and often competes against him in post-practice shooting contests, has tried to drive home the same point. “I’ve been on him about just playing free. When he plays free and plays with joy, he’s so much better,” Love said following Saturday’s win over the Chicago Bulls in which Osman boasted the best plus-minus (41) of any player. “He’s playing out in transition. He’s slashing to the cup. He hits tough shots. He hits open shots. When he’s playing free and having joy, it’s fun to watch. He’s like a whole different person and whole different player. I don’t know if it’s because he got married this summer and wanted to come out right away and play that well off the bat, but he’s been great.”
Cleveland is just $2.5 million below the luxury tax and ideally they’d like to avoid it this season to delay their repeater clock. Phoenix may want to replace Crowder with another wing player and one of Isaac Okoro or Cedi Osman gets the Cavs mostly there salary-matching wise. It might be too early for them to move on from Okoro, so Osman seems like a more logical candidate to get moved for Crowder. Osman and another salary such as Dylan Windler or Lamar Stevens with an increased partial guarantee works.