Cedi Osman is in it for the Long-Haul Rewarded with a Win-Win Contract Extension

Cedi Osman is making a name for himself in Cleveland.

The 24-year old starting forward is possibly one of the Cavs’ best offensive talents. Looking to lock down pieces for the future, the Cavs have signed Osman to an extension. 

On Thursday, the Cavs and Osman agreed to a four-year, $30.8 million contract extension. The deal has a non-guaranteed fourth year and declines each season. For example, Osman will receive $8.75 million in 2020-21. Then, the deal will decrease in the next few years (8.05 million in 2021-22 and $7.35 million in 2022-23) until Osman makes $6.65 million in the fourth year.

Before signing with Cleveland before the 2017 NBA season, Osman played in the Turkish Basketball League, where he averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. The Cavs obtained Osman’s draft rights back in 2015 in a swap with Memphis that also included a future draft pick. 

Since then, Osman has developed into a solid starting player with a high ceiling.

In his first season, Osman averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds. He played 65 games and started only 12 of them. His role increased in his second year with Cleveland, averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 2018-19, as he played 76 games, starting in all but one. This year, Osman has an even bigger opportunity to prove himself following the extension.

The Cavaliers recognized his effort and potential, want to keep him in Cleveland for the long haul.

In the third year of Osman’s extension, Collin Sexton, another piece of the Cavs rebuild will be up for a contract extension. This year, they added Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. via the draft.  This means that in the fourth year of Osman’s deal, Garland, Windler and Porter will also be up for an extension. So, there’s some wisdom in seeing how the chemistry looks on the floor as Cleveland navigates their second season without LeBron James.  

Cedi Osman is a skilled player who could possibly become something special. The Cavs did their homework on him and see him as a core piece of their ongoing rebuild.   If Osman continues the improve, the extension will look like a steak for the Cavs. I, for one, can not wait to see what Osman does this season. I have a feeling that the renewed commitment will pay dividends.  

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