San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman Drawing Interest

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SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 18: The logo of the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at AT
SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 18: The logo of the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at AT
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The San Antonio Spurs reportedly have an interest in Cedi Osman, a draft-and-stash prospect of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The San Antonio Spurs have been tied to draft-and-stash picks for most of Gregg Popovich’s tenure with the organization. Manu Ginobili is one of the highest profile players of this kind to be a Spur. They drafted him in 1999, and he joined the team in 2002.

The most recent draft-and-stash pick was Nikola Milutinov, a center from Serbia. They selected him in Round 1 of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Well, the Spurs may add to their overseas player pool. According to Sam Amico of USA Today, they have interest in Cedi Osman. He’s a 2015 second round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who was traded on draft night.

#Spurs have interest in #Cavs' draft-and-stash prospect Cedi Osman, league sources tell AmicoHoops. Teams have not yet discussed.

— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) June 30, 2017

Osman was selected with the No. 31 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Prior to that and since, he played for Anadolu Efes of the Euroleague.

Osman stands at 6-foot-8 and projects as a stretch four. Through four Euroleague seasons, he’s averaged 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. His NBA value potentially comes from his perimeter skills, as he shoots 35 percent from three-point range.

As News4SanAntonio noted, maybe this is possible compensation for Danny Green, who the Cavs were linked to before the 2017 NBA Draft. A trade for Green would see Cleveland take on his $10 million deal for 2017-18, along with a player option for 2018-19, of the same value.

If the Spurs acquire Osman, he would join an international player pool that goes beyond Milutinov. Nemanja Dangubic, Olivier Hanlan and Adam Hanga were previous draft-and-stash picks of San Antonio, or were traded for. Hanlan will be part of the organization’s 2017 Summer League team. Hanga may also join the team for the upcoming regular season.

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Osman could join the future of the Spurs, if the interest ever transpires into a transaction. The team may be in need of a big man, especially with Pau Gasol’s age and LaMarcus Aldridge’s future in doubt. Will this develop?

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