Although it looks like Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng will likely not be re-signing with the Cavaliers when he becomes a free agent in the offseason and his future should probably be described as cloudy at best, Deng has continued to do great work in the community.
On Tuesday, he was rewarded for his work with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
The two-time All-Star forward recently recorded a public service announcement for the EnoughProject.org, urging peace during a time of renewed conflict in his native South Sudan. In the video, he tells young people, “Look around you, and reach out. Make peace among those who are fighting. Forgive one another and encourage others to forgive. Build trust with people who fear each other. You are young, and if you are wise, you will build bridges with people your age that will last a lifetime. It is not too late to start…but it is not too soon either.”
“It’s an honor to be recognized for any award, but this one is special because it represents who I am as a person and where I came from,” Deng said in a statement released by the Cavaliers. “What I’m most proud of is that my family can look back after my career is over and realize that I was able to make a difference on and off the basketball court. That is something that tells the true story as to who I am as a person, someone who cares about his community and wants to improve the lives of others.”
On the court, Deng is averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game this season.