Monday night’s matchup was not only an opportunity for the Milwaukee Bucks to face Central Division rivals, the Chicago Bulls, for the first time this season. It was also supposed to be a chance for the Bucks to get a first-hand look at combo guard Alex Caruso — a player who has recently been linked to Milwaukee.
Unfortunately, Caruso was unable to suit up due to injury, but it appears that he could still be on the radar for the Bucks moving forward.
Milwaukee Bucks Interested in Alex Caruso?
This past summer, Alex Caruso was one of the guards who was linked to the Bucks. At that time, the team was in dire need of a backup point guard behind Damian Lillard — a spot that has now been occupied by free-agent recruit Cameron Payne.
Be that as it may, one could argue that Caruso would be a significant upgrade from Payne. He could be the type of defensive-minded guard the Bucks need to fortify their second unit.
It goes without saying, however, that he would come at quite a price for Milwaukee. Not to mention the fact that the Bucks would likely have a lot of competition for the 29-year-old if the Bulls actually put him on the trade block.
Is Alex Caruso Available?
At this point, however, it remains unclear if the Bulls are indeed willing to part ways with Caruso, whose current deal will run out in 2025.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, however, Chicago is currently not interested in trading away the veteran guard:
“There are likewise no firm indications yet in circulation that the two-way Bull who would surely generate lots of interest leaguewide — Alex Caruso — will be made available between now and the Feb. 8 trade deadline,” Stein wrote in a recent edition of his Substack.
This could all change in an instant, though. The Bulls are stuck in a bit of limbo right now in that they seem uncertain if they intend to compete with the group they currently have or if they just go and blow it all up. If they choose the latter before the February trade deadline, then Caruso would likely be one of the most coveted names on their roster.
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