Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman wrote a heartfelt message to the fans, the organization and his teammates in a heartfelt message.

“I’ve always been happy to be a part of this family,” Osman wrote to the fans. “You opened your arms and welcomed me as one of your own. Thank you so much for the boundless love you have shown me since the first day I stepped into the NBA. You will remain in the most special place of my heart.”

Cedi Osman was included in a sign-and-trade that sent guard Max Strus to Cleveland. The Cavs sent a 2026 second-round pick to the Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs received Osman, forward Lamar Stevens and a 2030 second-round pick. Strus signed a four-year, $63 million contract as part of the trade.

The Cavs first traded for the draft rights to Cedi Osman after he was selected with the 31st pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Cleveland acquired the rights to Osman, forward Rakeem Christmas and a 2019 second-round selection in exchange for the draft rights to guard Tyus Jones. Osman had his first taste of NBA action during a 2017 preseason matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, where he played in 16 minutes as the Hawks took a 109-93 victory in Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Cedi Osman spent six seasons with the Cavaliers, including a 2017-18 campaign that saw the Cavs make the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He stuck with Cleveland through its rebuilding seasons, through the selections of guard Darius Garland, forward Isaac Okoro and forward Evan Mobley in consecutive drafts, and through the Cavs’ first playoff run in five years.

The Cavs wrote a tweet of their own for Cedi Osman after the sign-and-trade for Strus became official on Thursday.

“Your professionalism, leadership, and love for the game was crucial to building the culture we have today in Cleveland,” the tweet read. “Thank you for an incredible six years, and best of luck in San Antonio, Cedi!”