Cedi Osman – Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman signed a contract extension with the Cavaliers last season, keeping him under contract fully guaranteed through the 2022-23 season and non-guaranteed in the final year of his contract for the 2023-24 season. At just 25 years old, Osman could be a great fit with the Celtics and give them a boost in their second-unit behind Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Since LeBron James left the Cavaliers for the Lakers ahead of the 2018-19 season, Osman has stepped into a bigger role with Cleveland and has not disappointed. Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Osman is averaging 11.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and is shooting 35.7% from three-point range.
His overall playmaking abilities on the offensive end of the court and his understanding of where to be and where to find his teammates is what makes Osman such an interesting player and an intriguing trade target for the Celtics.
A lot of the trade buzz for the Cavs is circulating around their front-court with Kevin Love and Andre Drummond, but Osman is very much in play to be traded near the deadline, especially with the emergence of rookie Isaac Okoro on the wing.
Having a reliable playmaker come off the bench on the wing is one of the main things the Celtics need and Osman should not have that high of an asking price. He may cost them some draft compensation and a guy like Romeo Langford or Carsen Edwards, but the Celtics need some immediate bench help, which is why Osman should be viewed as a high trade target for them.
Osman has not drawn a lot of attention with the trade deadline quickly approaching, but there have been several teams that have been rumored to be interested in the 25-year-old wing. The Clippers, Bucks, and Mavericks are a few teams that come to mind that could utilize Cedi Osman’s talents, which is why the Celtics would have to act quickly if they are interested in him.