Top 3 Trade Destinations for Alex Caruso

All the talk surrounding the Chicago Bulls is about Zach LaVine and trade rumors linking him to teams all over the NBA. But the Bulls have other prime tradeable commodities, and although they haven't officially made him available, a number of teams are asking about Alex Caruso. The defensive dynamo is in high demand, and according to NBA Insider Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, Chicago has set a high price for the 7-year veteran guard. 

In fact, Fischer says Caruso's trade return could match that of what the Portland Trail Blazers got for Jrue Holiday—two starting-caliber players and two first-round picks. 

If Chicago does intend to start a complete teardown and makeover, then Bulls guard and defensive stalwart Alex Caruso could possibly net Chicago its greatest return of any player on the roster. The sense around NBA decision-makers is that Caruso’s contract — still with another season at just under $10 million for 2024-25, plus his malleability alongside most players — could generate a market that touches most of the league, championship contenders and inexperienced playoff hopefuls alike. 

The Bulls have already required multiple first-round picks for the 29-year-old veteran when opposing teams have asked about Caruso’s availability. 

Caruso, in fact, got his first start of the season on Friday, perhaps a little value-boost by the Pacers. He's also on a very team-friendly contract, at under $10M for this year and next. 

3 teams who should be at the top of the list of suitors:

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers, of course, are very familiar with Caruso, as he played four seasons with them, and was a key member of the 2020 Championship team. 

Miami Heat

Caruso just oozes being a Pat Riley/Erik Spoelstra kind of guy. His tenacious defense would fit right in on this Heat team, and with Gabe Vincent gone and Kyle Lowry nearing the end of his run, the Heat could use another quality guard. 

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have taken an even bigger step than many observers believed they would this season, but at 7-4 and with the best offensive rating in the league, they're another premium defensive player or two away from serious contender status. Their defensive rating is 27th in the NBA, and Caruso would be a huge add for them. 

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