NBA star Luol Deng admits shock at Cleveland trade

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In Luol Deng's first meeting with the press since he was traded from Chicago to Cleveland, he admitted he was shocked at the events that unfolded Monday night. 

Chicago received Andrew Bynum and three draft picks, plus an option on another, for Deng, who was in his tenth season with the Bulls before the trade. He had been a two-time all-star during that time.

Despite feeling shocked at the move, the Great Britain international ball player admits he's excited to get playing with a team that will compete for every game.

He also added that the shock of the move had been comforted by new team-mates that text him straight away, and he thanked them for that.

"I have watched the guys and I've played against them. First of all, they are a great group of guys. They text me when the trade was made and that was nice. 

"It was a surprise [to be traded]. I've been lucky, not a lot of guys can say they have been with one organisation for so long.

"You hear rumors, but when it happened I couldn't believe it. It took a while to hit me.

"I've been traded from one great organisation to another one, and now I'm looking forward to starting brand new and getting going."

Deng will wear the number nine shirt for the Cavaliers, as he did back in Chicago. He says the reason for wearing the number nine shirt comes from the fact that his mother had nine children.

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