Cavaliers international prospect Cedi Osman and his team, Anadolu Efes in Turkey, ended their EuroLeague season Tuesday with a loss to Greek powerhouse Olympiacos. After the game, Osman hinted that he may have played his last EuroLeague game.
“Well, I have my goals. I want to go to the NBA and play there,” Osman told EuroHoops.net when asked about his future.
Osman also told EuroHoops that recent comments from Cavs GM David Griffin from Griffin’s Q&A with Fear the Sword — Griffin said he’s “really excited” Osman and said he’s the “Tristan Thompson of a swingman mold” — motivate him.
“I read what he [David Griffin] said,” he said per EuroHoops. “It made me very…. very happy to read such things. What he said about me is pretty big actually. And it gives me quite the motivation.”
Osman, at 22, is probably the Cavaliers’ best prospect. He has the potential to play rotation minutes next year at the three if everything breaks right. But at the very least, he could come over, practice with the team and play a lot with the Canton Charge in the D-League. Learning how to play the three from LeBron James and Richard Jefferson also seems good.
Osman also, in all likelihood, will be affordable labor next season. For a cap strapped team like the Cavs, that matters. And while Osman’s comments aren’t 100 percent conformation, he’s said before that he wants to be in the NBA next season. #CediWatch appear to be on in full force.