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Alex Caruso To Milwaukee


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+1 player ($9.9m),
Cap Impact - $4.1M

+2  Wins

-11.47  MPG

+3.05  Off.

+2.88  Def.



+3 players ($14.0m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $4.1M

-2  Wins

+11.47  MPG

-3.05  Off.

-2.88  Def.


In an effort to create an outstanding starting lineup and maximize their current title window around their star duo of Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks bring Alex Caruso to Milwaukee. To acquire Alex Caruso, the Bucks give up Pat Connaughton, MarJon Beauchamp, Chris Livingston, and the #23 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft to Chicago. Alex Caruso is the ideal point-of-attack defender and overall 3 & D guard for the Bucks in terms of what they need in the backcourt next to Damian Lillard. Alex Caruso shoots 38% from three for his career and shot nearly 41% from 3 this past season for the Bulls and averaged nearly 2 steals per game and over a steal per game over the course of his career. These numbers are a testament to Alex Caruso's 3 & D prowess, which Milwaukee badly needs right now. Therefore, even if it means sacrificing the #23 first-rounder in the 2024 NBA Draft and young players such as MarJon Beauchamp and Chris Livingston, this trade will ultimately be worth it for Milwaukee. Re-signing Brook Lopez should be a top priority for the Bucks after this trade, as the team looks to win it all next year and win the 2025 NBA Finals to secure their third championship in franchise history and the second ring for their superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Therefore, overall, this should be the starting lineup in Milwaukee to open the 2024-25 NBA season, which should result in winning it all next year, when all five of these players are fully healthy:

Damian Lillard - Alex Caruso - Khris Middleton - Giannis Antetokounmpo - Brook Lopez


The Bulls maximize the trade value of Alex Caruso by gaining an additional first-rounder in the 2024 NBA Draft as well as two young players to add to the team's long-term core in shooting guard MarJon Beauchamp and small forward Chris Livingston. Chicago also receives a veteran wing in Pat Connaughton. The purpose of this trade for Chicago is to complete a quick rebuild while adding a current first-rounder while adding two more young wings, as next year's draft class is amazing. The Bulls could look to add someone of the caliber of Cooper Flagg or Airious Bailey next year with young guards such as MarJon Beauchamp (he can play shooting guard), Ayo Dosunmu, and Coby White in the backcourt for the Bulls. Overall, this package suits that long-term focus for the Bulls, in the event of an impending rebuild for the Bulls, and with a strong draft class next year, the 2024-2025 NBA season could be the perfect starting point of a rebuild in Chicago. If the Bulls sell many of their veterans (as the season progresses), Chicago should be in good position to attain a top 5 pick in a loaded draft class next season, and switchable and positionless wings as a result of making this trade with the Bucks.

Milwaukee adds a valuable veteran with championship experience that fits incredibly well on their roster. Chicago enters a rebuild.

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