Osman (ankle) will play and start at small forward in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Raptors, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
Osman missed the Cavaliers' preseason finale with a sore ankle, but it was never considered to be anything serious and he's now been cleared for the start of the regular season. Look for him to immediately slot into the starting five at small forward and Osman could push for 30-plus minutes on a night-to-night basis considering his status with the top unit.
Osman (ankle) is out Friday against the Pistons, Spencer Davies of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
Osman exited Monday's preseason contest against the Pacers due to ankle soreness. There's no indication the injury is serious, and coach Ty Lue is likely giving Osman the night off to keep him fresh for the regular-season opener.
Osman will be held out of the rest of the exhibition as a precaution. He figures to be a game-time decision for Cleveland's next preseason contest which will occur Friday against Detroit.
Osman started at shooting guard and made good use of the opportunity, with his four made baskets second only to Kevin Love on the starting five. The 23-year-old swingman would appear to have a realistic shot at unseating the inconsistent J.R. Smith for the starting job at two-guard with a strong preseason, and alternatively, he could secure the starting small forward role, a position he filled with regularity during his rookie season last year.
Osman is being rested and will not play during Wednesday's summer league action against the Kings, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Osman has appeared in two summer league tilts, posting 40 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and two blocks across 63 minutes. With the departure of LeBron James, Osman may step into a bigger role this season.
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