Cavs Appear Committed To Signing Turkish Draft Pick Cedi Osman

first_imgThe Cleveland Cavaliers appear to have moved on from free-agent target Jamal Crawford, who reportedly agreed to sign a two-year deal worth $8.9 Mil. with the Minnesota Timberwolves.The most Cleveland could have offered Crawford was the $5.2 Mil. mid-level exception, which would have jeopardized their chances of signing Turkish forward Cedi Osman, who the Cavs acquired from the Timberwolves via trade after the 2015 NBA Draft.Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com writes the Cavs did not want to sign Crawford without leaving money left over for Osman.Jamal Crawford is “close” to signing with Minn once he clears waivers. Cavs wanted to be sure they had enough $ for Osman— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) July 8, 2017Osman, 22, averaged 7.1 points per game in the 2016-17 season with Anadolu Efes, his Turkish pro club.The 6-foot-8 forward has been linked to attempted trade conversations surrounding Carmelo Anthony, according to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops and other outlets.Amico also writes the New York Knicks were not interested in those initial trade proposals involving Osman.So far this offseason, Cleveland has re-signed Kyle Korver and added Jose Calderon and Jeff Green.If the Cavs are unable to move Iman Shumpert or Channing Frye, they have two open roster spots, one of which could go to Osman. Matt Medley Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img

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