Over the last year, the Chicago Bulls have arguably been the most regularly mentioned team in trade rumors. Yet, these rumors never materialize as the Bulls still have Zach Lavine, Demar Derozan, and Alex Caruso on the roster -- although all three players have seemingly been linked to every single team in the NBA. T
he latest reporting suggests that at least the Caruso saga is not going to be resolved anytime soon.
Bulls Rumors: Alex Caruso Is Untouchable In Trade Talks
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls consider Caruso "almost untouchable". As good as Caruso has been in Chicago, this makes very little sense.
The Chicago Bulls are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 19-23 record. To no one's surprise, they are right on track to be a play-in team once again. It is obvious to everyone that this team needs to be broken up and rebuilt.
One of the players who would help with that rebuilding process by netting the Bulls promising young players or extra draft picks is Alex Caruso. The 29-year-old all-defensive guard is having one of the best seasons of his career. Largely staying healthy, hitting over 40 percent of his threes, and playing stellar perimeter defense, Caruso is showing that he could be a valuable contributor to any contender.
Therefore, it behooves the Bulls to sell high on Caruso while he is at the peak of his trade value. Caruso is always an injury risk, as he has never played over 67 games in a season. If he were to suffer an injury, this could tank his trade value.
Plus, he is currently on a very team-friendly contract that pays him less than $10 million a year for this year and next. He will have far less trade value once he is on an expiring deal next season.
Caruso is much more valuable to a championship contender than he is to Chicago. As an almost 30-year-old, Caruso is not going to be around for the next great Bulls team. So, it's time for the front office to cash him in for future assets.
Caruso could easily net them at least a first-round pick. That could help kickstart Chicago's rebuild, instead of chasing the eighth seed and a first-round exit.
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