Heat Land Bulls’ Alex Caruso In Bold Trade Idea

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Every team in the NBA wants to establish a culture. It’s a team’s identity. Opponents know that when they enter that team’s arena, they’ll have to deal with a hardworking team that won’t quit. 

That’s an advantage the Miami Heat have had for years. Heat Culture has become a trendy phrase around the league. There’s a reason for that. The Heat refuse to roster players who won’t play hard. That’s allowed them to be competitive for the last two decades. 

By contrast, the Chicago Bulls need to establish a culture. They’ve largely been irrelevant since Michael Jordan retired. At the moment, they could be looking at a long-term rebuilding process.

Could they begin that process by sending Alex Caruso to the Heat? 

NBA Trade Proposal: Miami Heat Land Chicago Bulls’ Alex Caruso Scenario

Chicago Bulls Receive: G/F Caleb Martin, G/F Josh Richardson, 2027 First-Round Pick (MIA), 2029 First-Round Pick (MIA) 

Miami Heat Receive: G/F Alex Caruso 

On the other hand, building that culture means staying the course. Yes, the Heat have been competitive for the better part of two decades. That doesn’t mean they’ve always been in the title picture. The Heat have had mediocre seasons. 

Plenty of teams would have rebuilt already. The Heat have had opportunities. They could have moved Jimmy Butler for a mountain of draft capital. Instead, they’ve tinkered at the margins until they had a contender.

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So, why should the Bulls rebuild? Shouldn’t they stay the course? Sure, they could retool. Still, if the Bulls wanted to follow the Heat’s model, they’d make incremental win-now changes until something clicked.

Why do we have them selling on Caruso? 

Why The Chicago Bulls Do The Deal 

There are plenty of differences between the Bulls and the Heat. Jimmy Butler would be the best player on this Bulls team. Bam Adebayo would be the next best player. The Heat have a starting point to work from. The Bulls need to get to that starting point. 

That may be easier said than done. It’s been reported that Zach LaVine has low trade value around the league. As a veteran on an expiring deal, DeMar DeRozan won’t net them a king’s ransom either. How will the Bulls collect the assets that they need to rebuild? 

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Trade Caruso. It’s been reported that the Bulls don’t want to move him – fair enough. This won’t be easy. Still, at the cost of a pair of first-rounders, the Bulls need to move on from the veteran guard. Should the Heat give up those assets for Caruso? 

Why The Miami Heat Do The Deal 

That same Heat Culture emphasizes effort. That means defense. After all, defense is about effort above all else. Do you see where we’re going with this? 

Caruso may be the best defensive guard in the NBA. That’s what the advanced stats generally tell us. He’d be a perfect fit with this roster, and he’d make the Heat a much better team. 

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat Updates

After all, he’s not an offensive liability, either. Caruso is knocking down his triples at a decent clip this year. Throw in his elite defense; this feels like a perfect addition to Miami’s roster. Caruso will fit into their culture. 

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