Cleveland Cavaliers: 2 goals for Cedi Osman for 2021-22

Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman shoots the ball. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman shoots the ball. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images) /
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Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman passes the ball. (Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

#2: For Osman to re-establish himself as a Cavs rotational regular

For the second goal, is more so just for Osman to re-establish himself as a rotational regular for the Cavaliers.

As we’ve alluded to, Cedi did not have a particularly encouraging Year 4, and previously near the past deadline, Osman, although Prince was too, was a key player mentioned in trade rumors. Now Osman didn’t end up getting moved, but the possibility could end up being there perhaps still this offseason or perhaps at some point during next season.

If he sticks around through the offseason, whether or not Prince does, Osman will, at least to some extent not including Isaac Okoro, have others such as Dylan Windler, if healthy and feasibly Prince still in the rotational 3 man fold, too. Lamar Stevens, if he sticks around, could as well.

I’d expect one or two of those guys to play with Osman still some, anyhow, but draft prospects Jalen Green/Jalen Suggs potentially in some lineups could appear at the 3, or if Cleveland went with him, Jonathan Kuminga would.

The likes of Larry Nance Jr. or Dean Wade could occasionally play as a jumbo 3, albeit perhaps with Osman some, for what it’s worth, also.

At any rate, the point is, if Osman does stick around, he needs to start off next season playing more consistently in the first 10-15 games of the year when opportunities come. If he doesn’t, sure, he could potentially be packaged in a deal possibly and sold as a reclamation project of sorts, but if not, Osman would be simply hard-pressed for rotational minutes.

Anyway, on the plus side, Cedi has previously shown that he can be a solid player for the Cavs, and whether or not Cleveland ends up signing a backup point guard in free agency, Osman still could help from a rotational playmaking perspective.

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But for the 6-foot-8 Osman to re-establish/cement himself with a clear role next season/maybe onward, he’ll need to be more on game-to-game shooting-wise. With how he started last season, and with his prior season somewhat in mind, he’s capable of doing that, though.