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Should Cedi Osman be Traded?

Should Cedi Osman be Traded?

Cedi Osman trade rumors have circulated in the past couple of weeks. In addition, Osman reportedly was clearly upset after the Cavs lost to Miami this Wednesday. Osman has posted several career-lows this season, which may give Cleveland a reason to ship him. Several potential trade destinations have emerged for the forward. Leading to the question should the Cavaliers trade Osman?

Osman’s Production

The Cleveland forward has been a solid bench player for the last couple of seasons. Recently, Osman was extended with a four year $31 million deal. With a base salary of $8.8 million this season, Osman has not been efficient on the offensive end this season.

To clarify, Osman is averaging a solid 10.6 points off the Cleveland bench. However, he has posted career-lows in nearly every shooting statistic. Osman is shooting 36.7% from the field, 42.3% on two point attempts and 32.6% from three. Most importantly, Osman is shooting the ball 10.2 times per game while averaging 25.5 minutes. By averaging 0.4 shots per minute, he is consistently shooting the ball. Shooting career-lows while getting career-high shot attempts is not a good combination. By consequence, the Cavs may look to trade Osman before the March 25th trade deadline.

Trade Destinations

Several teams have reportedly shown interest in Osman. All of which are playoff contenders looking to bolster their bench. These teams include the Warriors, Clippers and Nets.

Cleveland will look to add more young talent on their bench. What are some possible trade packages for Osman?

Golden State Warriors

First off, the Warriors seem to be the most interested in acquiring Osman. Some players the Warriors could offer includes Jordan Poole or Eric Paschall. At the age of 21, Poole is a shooting guard averaging 8.9 points while shooting 48.4%. Paschall is a young forward averaging 9.5 points while shooting 49.3%. If either player could be acquired through an Osman deal, Cleveland should take it. At most, the Cavs should offer a 2nd rounder along with Osman to get Poole or Paschall.

Los Angeles Clippers

Next, the Clippers might be the most realistic option. Two young players the Cavs could target is Terance Mann and Amir Coffey. Both players are in their second NBA season and see few minutes off the Clipper bench. Mann is the more attractive piece averaging 4.7 points and shooting 47.1%. Coffey only plays 7.4 minutes while averaging three points shooting 49%. However, both players are talented and will need developed, but they could both turn into good bench contributors. If Cleveland wants either player, they might be able to get Mann or Coffey and a 2nd rounder for Osman.

Brooklyn Nets

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is the Net that makes the most sense in an Osman trade. Luwawu-Carbarrot can play shooting guard or small forward and averages 6.8 points. Similar to the Clippers trade, the Cavs could receive a 2nd rounder and Luwawu-Carbarrot. Nicolas Claxton would be a great addition for Cleveland, but the Nets will probably want to keep the talented, emerging center.

Potential Offers Good Enough?

Considering potential Osman trade packages, Osman should be moved for only a couple of packages. Any Clippers offer involving Mann or Coffey is not the best trade and should be declined. If the Nets offer Luwawu-Carbarrot and a 2nd rounder for Osman, it could be intriguing. However, the Cavs will likely decline this as well.

Osman does not have a great value in the trade market, so Cleveland should just keep the forward in most cases. On the other hand, the Warriors do have some good potential offers. If Poole or Paschall can be obtained for a reasonable price, the Cavs should take it. Poole and Paschall are both 24 or younger, and are productive and efficient off the bench. If a proven, young bench player can be obtained through an Osman trade, the Cavs should trade Osman.


All stats courtesy of ESPN, Spotrac and Basketball-Reference.

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