The Chicago Bulls sit at 5-10, and the trade chatter is going to grow until the team starts winning games.

Maybe the biggest trade chip the Bulls have is Alex Caruso; the combo guard may be the best perimeter defender in the NBA, and is shooting over 58% from the field and 50% from 3, and averages 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1 block per game, while leading the league in deflections per game.

Caruso would be a huge addition to any contender, and possibly be the difference between making the playoffs and going deep into the postseason. He can play some point guard, he can hit threes, and he can guard opposing teams best players, even the big men. He does all the dirty work, the same way Draymond Green has done for the Warriors all these years. He was the biggest reason for the Bulls 1 seed stint in 2021-22, and why their defense is very good despite having Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic. With that said, with a Bulls rebuild possibly on the horizon, here’s 3 landing spots for Caruso and his 2 year, $18 million on his contract with a player option.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are currently the favorites in the West, but they could use some playoff-ready depth. They lost Bruce Brown in the offseason, and Caruso could be their replacement. They have a number of intriguing young players to package in Christian Braun, Peyton Watson, Jalen Pickett, Julian Strawther, and more. They also have picks to offer, including firsts besides 2025 and 2029.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks have an elite offense. Their defense is lackluster though. Caruso could fix that single-handedly. Dallas also has some intriguing young pieces in Josh Green, Jaden Hardy, and Olivier-Maxence Prosper. They owe first rounders in 2024, 2029, and 2030, but could offer the Bulls some seconds and firsts besides that. Caruso could make up for the perimeter defensive issues from playing Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Miami Heat

Caruso is the ideal Heat Culture guy. And Pat Riley would love to add a scrappy defender who plays the game the right way if he can’t add a scorer like Zach LaVine or DeMar DeRozan. Miami owes out their 2025 first and most of their seconds, but could easily trade their future firsts if need be. Plus, they have intriguing young players in Jaime Jacquez Jr, Nikola Jovic, Haywood Highsmith, Orlando Robinson, and Jamal Cain. Miami could package them for Caruso as they try to do right by Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo after missing out on Damian Lillard.

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