NBA Draft: Cavs acquire rights to Osman, Christmas and draft Pointer

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CLEVELAND– Here’s how the 2015 NBA Draft worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers: The team acquired the draft rights to Cedi Osman, the 31st pick; Rakeem Christmas, the 36th pick; and a 2019 second-round pick in exchange for the draft rights to Tyus Jones, the 24th overall pick in the first round of the draft, to Minnesota.

The Cavs also selected Sir’Dominic Pointer with the 53rd pick of the draft.

Osman spent the 2014-15 season playing for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball League first division. He was selected to the league’s All-Star Game after averaging 8.5 points on .438 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 20.8 minutes over 25 contests.

The Cavaliers said Christmas (6-9, 250) played in 142 games during his four years at Syracuse. During his senior season, he averaged 17.5 points on .552 shooting from the field, 9.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game.

Meanwhile, the Cavs said, in 33 games as a senior at St. John’s University, Pointer (6-6, 192) averaged 13.7 points on .524 shooting from the field, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes.

Also announced early Friday morning, J.R. Smith did not exercise his player option for the 2015-2016 season; he therefore becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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