Kings Trade For Bulls’ Alex Caruso In Bold Proposal

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Often, NBA teams look for a big man to anchor their defense. For a long time, it was held that this was the best way to stop teams from scoring.

To be sure, having a rim protector in the middle is an easy way to stop opposing teams from putting the ball in the basket. Yet, in recent years, teams have had success with other models.

Look at the Denver Nuggets. Nikola Jokic is no elite rim protector. Yet, Denver has built an excellent defense anyway. The Nuggets put a cast of elite defenders around Jokic to lessen his burden and capitalize on his playmaking. 

It’s a copycat league. Teams with similar players will look to create similar advantages. Take the Sacramento Kings. With Domantas Sabonis in the middle, they need as many good defensive players as they can find.

Could they acquire Alex Caruso from the Chicago Bulls? 

NBA Trade Proposal: Sacramento Kings Land Chicago Bulls’ Alex Caruso

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Chicago Bulls Receive: F Trey Lyles, F Kessler Edwards, 2026 First-Round Pick (SAC) 
Sacramento Kings Receive: G/F Alex Caruso 

Is this the new model of the NBA big man? We wouldn’t go that far. Jokic is special – there won’t be another Big Honey. Still, some similar players are making noise around the NBA. 

Look at Alperen Sengun of the Houston Rockets.  He’s not much of a rim protector, but he’s got a unique set of offensive gifts.

So far, in 2023-24, the Rockets have managed to build a stout defense around him anyway. With a platoon of quality perimeter defenders and good schemes, they’re able to cover for his weaknesses. 

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On the other hand, big men like Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren do provide that rim protection. In the end, there will always be a diverse range of talent across the league.

Should the Bulls part with their talented defender? 

Why The Chicago Bulls Do The Deal 

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The Bulls may be thinking about adding their own talented big man – in the upcoming draft. At this moment, Alexandre Sarr is a candidate to be selected first. He’s in the Wembanyama/Holmgren mold. 

On the other hand, the Bulls would be happy with Ron Holland as well. There’s a broader point here: the Bulls should be turning to the future.

This team is mediocre, and by all accounts, they realize it. Apparently, they’re open to moving Zach LaVine. If that’s true, they should be happy to move Caruso as well.

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In all likelihood, his market value is a first-round pick. That’s the only component of this trade that the Bulls are interested in.

Should the Kings give up that asset? 

Why The Sacramento Kings Do The Deal 

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By contrast, the Kings shouldn’t be thinking about the draft. This team had the best offense in the NBA last year. They should be in win-now mode, and this deal reflects that. 

Some will suggest that they ought to be targeting a different player. Sure, this team has a lot of backcourt depth. De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Kevin Huerter, and Davion Mitchell all need minutes.

That’s fine. Caruso is arguably better than any of them besides Fox. Anyway, it’s a moot point – Caruso is multi-positional. He can soak up minutes at the 3.

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Ultimately, the Kings need good defenders, and Caruso is perhaps the best defensive guard in the NBA. If he can’t cover for Sabonis, who can? 

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When it comes to exploring the endless possibilities of NBA trades, there's no one quite like James Piercey. With a keen eye for player dynamics, salary cap intricacies, and a knack for discovering uncharted trade territory, James has risen to prominence as the preeminent expert in the realm of hypothetical NBA trades. James is also known for his work covering the Houston Rockets for SB Nation's The Dream Shake — a blog that gives a daily, comprehensive look at the team. He has written for various outlets, including FanSided and Last Word on Sports, among others.