2. Deal Caruso for draft capital
Now is the perfect time to trade Alex Caruso. He is 29 years old and has one-year plus a small guarantee for the 2024-25 season remaining on his contract. Contending teams could be looking to upgrade their defense and depth. Rebuilding teams could be interested in his contract. The Bulls would be set up to get a strong haul for the 6’4 guard either way.
There is no sense in keeping Alex Caruso if the Bulls rebuild. He will be in his mid-30s by the time Chicago is ready to contend again. Getting draft picks and young talent should be the focus, and teams will be interested in acquiring the first-team All-Defensive guard.
Suddenly, the Chicago Bulls have a mountain of draft capital to go with Pat Williams. It would open the door for them to re-sign Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu to jumpstart their rebuild. The Bulls do not have a 2023 first-round draft pick, but they may acquire one. If not, they could bottom out next season and hope to get rewarded with the number one pick in the 2024 lottery.
Even a top-five selection will have the Bulls in a better position than they are currently. At least they would be building for something. Right now, Chicago has an aging roster that cannot make the playoffs.
If the Bulls go this route, they cannot get antsy and fall back into the same mistakes.