2. Pacers convince Bulls to trade Alex Caruso
The Bulls are a team worth watching as the trade deadline approaches. Fans have heard the Zach LaVine rumors, but Chicago has several crucial decisions to make. DeMar DeRozan is in the final year of his contract. The Bulls are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference and would be in the Play-In Tournament. Do they blow it up completely or chase another playoff berth?
Chicago is rumored to be rejecting all offers for Alex Caruso (subscription required), but that could change before the deadline. The 29-year-old is in his prime and under contract for next season. If the Bulls decide not to keep him long-term, Caruso could fetch a significant return as he helps any contender.
Even this package may not be enough. Chicago’s signing of Jevon Carter has not worked out, and they would love to dump his contract. The Bulls could try to flip Hield or let him walk in free agency. They also get four draft picks, including an unprotected 2029 first-rounder in this deal.
Caruso is an elite defender and career 37.5 percent 3-point shooter. He is exactly what the Indiana Pacers need. Someone willing to defend multiple positions, sink open shots, and play a key role on a contender. If they cannot get the Bulls to part with Caruso, another interesting option may be available in the Big Easy.