Cedi Osman was taken 31st overall in the 2015 draft and may finally make his NBA debut next season. The Turkish forward has advised his international team, Anadolu Efes, that his intention come over to the NBA and is currently trying to work something out with the Cavs.
Via Cleveland.com, we now know that Osman is currently in Las Vegas spending time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While he is not taking part in the summer league games, the trip may still prove to be productive if he can agree to a contract with the team.
Per the report:
Osman, 22, is in Las Vegas spending time with the Cavs for two days. He was acquired on draft night in 2015 and has told his team in Turkey -- Anadolu Efes -- that he wanted to come to the NBA and would pay his $1 million buyout.
Without dipping into the mid-level exception, the most the Cavs could pay Osman would be the rookie minimum -- about $816,000. Cleveland could trade Osman or send him back to Turkey. Neither option is preferable.
The issue of his contract is complicated, as if the team dips into the MLE it would reduce the amount they can offer another player in free agency. But getting a well regarded prospect that can provide the team with young legs and energy would be a welcomed addition to the veteran Cavs roster. Hopefully the team figures out a way to get this done, as it would be a shame to delay his NBA debut just to add another aging veteran like Jamal Crawford.