Cut: Alex Caruso
If we’re being realistic with ourselves, there’s no player in the Bulls’ backcourt who is truly in danger of being cut. The closest to being on the hot seat would be Carlik Jones, but after dominant showings in both the G League and FIBA World Cup, I think the front office wants to see just what they have in him for the time being.
But just because nobody’s going to get cut outright, doesn’t mean they’ll all still be wearing a Bulls uniform by the end of the year. As a middling team, Chicago could very well entertain trades in several directions, either to blow it all up or continue adding pieces for playoff contention. Among those who could realistically see themselves traded away for a substantial package, I’d have to say Alex Caruso would be one of the first to be sent packing.
Alex Caruso’s high trade value may place him on the hot seat for the Bulls.
Make no mistake, this isn’t in any way an indictment of Caruso or a criticism of his skills, but rather an acknowledgment of his value on the open market. Fresh off winning All-Defensive First Team honors, Caruso’s perception around the league couldn’t be higher. Aside from LaVine and DeRozan, Caruso may actually be seen as the player with the most trade value on the Bulls at this moment in time.
If the Bulls are still struggling to field a competitive roster as they creep closer to the trade deadline, I would not be shocked to see Chicago float Caruso on the trade block if it means they can secure a first-round pick and an interesting prospect. If the Bulls remain competitive, however, they’ll be happy to keep one of the NBA’s best role players on the payroll — or at the very least, I’ll be happy to see Caruso remain in the red and white.