Cleveland (WOIO) - Getting traded is tough on any player, but the hardest part for new Cavaliers forward Luol Deng was explaining the move to his mother. Deng, a native of Sudan, had spent the first nine years of his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, before being sent to the Cavs in the Andrew Bynum deal on Tuesday.
"I think the hardest part, I had my family over for Christmas and New Year's, and my mom didn't understand being traded", Deng jokingly told reporters at the Cavs' practice facility on Wednesday.
"To me, that was one of the hardest things I had to do, was explain to her the organization I've been with 9 years no longer wanted me there. She couldn't understand why. She feels like I'm a nice guy, I get along with everybody, so I had to explain it to her."
Deng will wear his #9 with the Cavaliers, thanks to his new teammate Matthew Dellavedova, who's willing to part with it. Deng wears #9 because he's one of nine kids, and feels it's payback to his mother, who gave birth nine times.