Cavs, Cedi Osman Have Had Initial Extension Talks

There have been conversations between Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and agent Jeff Schwartz about a possible contract extension for Cedi Osman, writes Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. However, Fedor cautions that those have been “just initial talks.”

As Fedor details, the Cavaliers wanted to allow Osman to focus on his World Cup commitment before more seriously exploring a potential extension. Turkey was eliminated from medal contention earlier today following a loss to the Czech Republic, so Osman’s FIBA run will come to an end once the Turkish squad finishes its classification-round play.

Osman, 24, enjoyed a breakout season for the Cavs in 2018/19, starting 75 games and averaging 13.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 2.6 APG with a .427/.348/.779 shooting line.

Although he’s not technically eligible for a rookie scale extension, having been a second-round pick, Osman qualifies for a veteran extension since it has been over two years since he signed his first NBA contract. Such an extension could be worth up to approximately $51MM over four years.

According to Fedor, Cleveland isn’t necessarily in any rush to extend Osman now, since he’ll be a restricted free agent next summer when the team will have a ton of salary coming off its books. Still, if the numbers discussed between the two sides make sense, the Cavs wouldn’t be averse to locking up one of their long-term building blocks sooner rather than later.

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9 thoughts on “Cavs, Cedi Osman Have Had Initial Extension Talks

  1. 51 mil over 4 years, that’s relatively cheap considering he’s still got time on his current deal.

    • Michael Chaney

      I’m a Cavs fan and Cedi is probably my favorite player. 4/51 probably seems a little too steep for my liking at this point in time, but it’s also not totally unreasonable these days.

      That said, I wouldn’t be opposed to extending him now for that price because last year was really the first legitimate opportunity he had, and I think there’s a lot of room for growth there. He could get a lot more expensive down the line if he keeps developing.

    • Yeah might seem a little expensive now but next year he’s only going to get better and get more opportunities. I think in 3 years time having him on about 13 mil for another 2 years is very cheap.

      • east333

        Only it Dylan Windler beats him out for starting minutes. I know he’s a rookie that went to a small school and that this is the NBA but he can flat out shoot. Not to mention the league is only getting smaller and everyone has so much space to shoot. I think the Cavs are pretty high on him and hope they found the next Steph Curry, Dame L kinda guy. High hopes but that’s just what I recall being mentioned around the draft.

  2. x%sure

    He’s not starter quality yet and at 24 did not improve his efficiency or defense. Maybe that’s this year goals, after stepping into a starter’s role last year and the NBA the year before.
    There are suddenly a lot of good young guard prospects on the Cavs but none project to the 3 like Osman does.
    4/51 makes more sense if he improves in some area.

    • Michael Chaney

      I’m willing to overlook the efficiency for last year because his rookie year was basically spent rotting on the bench, and because last year Cedi and all the young guys were basically told to just play through their mistakes. They basically threw everything at the wall to see what stuck; if they struggle with efficiency this year then I think it’s cause for concern, but I’ll give them a pass for last year.

      I think Windler or maybe KPJ could become a guy at the 3, but you’re right that Cedi projects there more so than any of the others do. Still, with positionless basketball, it might not even matter either.

    • Yeah I’m not a fan of the Cavs roster for a rebuilding team. It’s 2 best young players are both PGs it drafted two late first round SGs then it has Cedi and Lance. Plus Delly and Clarkson makes it seem really heavy in guards and light in the 3 area. Then in the bigs area, Is Nance a PF or C and is Love a PF or C. Is Zizic still a project?

      Not to mention the Brandon Knight and John Henson contract just sitting there.

      For me you have to chose which PG (Garland) and trade the other. Sexton could be useful for the Magic or the Suns. Magic could use Bamba and Okeke, Suns have Bridges. And maybe you try deal Henson and Knight for a bad contract and some picks, like Gigi Deing and a pair of seconds.

      • x%sure

        I like how Love and Nance can switch around to the most advantage. Given seniority, this probably supresses Nance’s numbers, but he is signed for a few more years so he probably won’t fight it.

        Yes it’s a logjam at guard and I anticipate lots of offense and little defense.

  3. Cedi almost brought down the mighty, mighty (not) USA the other day by himself but the goo er missed two FTs at the end of regulation that could’ve sealed the deal for Turkey.

    Other than that the 51 for 4 looks pretty good. Nice trade bait.

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