NESN's Gio Rivera feels that Cedi Osman would make for quite the second unit shooting pair with Sam Hauser on the Boston Celtics -- proposing the San Antonio Spurs forward along with two Chicago Bulls vets on the trade block as targets worthy of a Cs pursuit.
"Osman was acquired by the Spurs a little over five months ago, but partaking in head coach Gregg Popovich’s darkest era, there’s no reason to stick around with contending teams in need of midseason additions," Rivera prefaced before saying, "The 28-year-old is “expected” to be among several available for trade from San Antonio, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, which could open the door for Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens to get creative and explore.
"Playing off the bench for the 3-16, last in the Western Conference Spurs, Osman has averaged a solid 8.2 points with two assists and 0.4 steals, shooting a career-high 39.7% from 3-point range. That could give the Celtics another outside shooting threat to pair up with Hauser off the bench, which couldn’t hurt in Boston’s already-outside-shot-hungry offense."
How Boston Celtics can acquire Cedi Osman via trade
Landing Osman is slightly inconvenient since the Turkish forward's $6.7 million salary is slightly too large for the traded player exception created by the Grant Williams sign-and-trade to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason.
With that said, it's not impossible. All it will take is the aggregation of several smaller salaries from the likes of Lamar Stevens, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, and/or Luke Kornet; the latter of which may not be on the table considering Brad Stevens' long-time affection of the Vanderbilt product.
Ditching the aforementioned wings wouldn't be difficult, but the front office could balk at giving up their remaining assets for a career 35% 3-point shooter who doesn't move forward Boston's Banner 18 hopes much.