Trade Market Concerns, Caruso to be Honored by Hometown, Steph is Insane, and Other Bulls Bullets

You’d think after three years of doing this, I’d learn to not freak out about the lack of NBA content and just take these couple of weeks to relax.

Every time we reach this part of the league calendar, my brain simply doesn’t know how to respond. I’m so used to the in-season storylines and off-season chaos that I sincerely feel like I’m not doing enough on the day-to-day when the summer really hits. Even more annoying, I have a ton of stuff I want to write about, but I know that content will be best-served closer to training camp/preseason.

So, yeah, I guess this is a written reminder to myself to take a few deep breaths and chill. Should I learn to golf?

  • ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Kevin Pelton sat down to rank the biggest superstar trades of the past two decades. The deals were put in order of trade-return significance, and I think it’s a worthwhile exercise to read as we await potential news on Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Durant.
  • The most obvious change we’ve seen over the past 20 years is the use of draft compensation to get deals done. Win-ready or not, players used to be the foundation of most trades because first-rounds were valued at an unreasonably high level. We’ve now seen the league do a complete 180 in terms of how it views picks, with deals for Anthony Davis, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, and Rudy Gobert serving as some prime examples of that drastic change.
  • We’ve now reached a point where a team like the Jazz can ask for seven first-rounders for their All-Star-caliber talent. Go back to the early 2000s, and I think fellow executives would have petitioned to have Danny Ainge banned from the league and locked in an underwater psych ward. I do fear we’ve gone too far in this direction, though, and I hope a market correction is on the horizon. While a multi-time All-Star or HOF-level talent should demand an extreme asking price, the high cost for this kind of talent could increase the cost of players in almost every tier below. And I surely don’t love that for a team like the Chicago Bulls.
  • Indeed, as an organization that used three first-rounders to grab Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan, we all know they are pretty thin when it comes to tradeable assets. For this reason, we’ve seen them quickly cast aside in conversations about acquiring another big piece. And, look, I know a handful of organizations have this problem right now, but it feels particularly concerning for a Bulls team that still feels a piece or two away from truly contending for an NBA title.
  • Hey, I guess this is what finding a smart front office is for, right? All we can do now is hope that Arturas Karnisovas and Co. have the right vision to continue building out a competitive roster. Oh, and that Jerry Reinsdorf will eventually open up his checkbook and pay the darn tax.
  • Alex Caruso will receive quite the honor from his hometown.
  • The College Station native who also played four seasons for the Texas A&M Aggies will have his own basketball court. I know this might not sound like the biggest deal, but I can only imagine how cool this must be for Caruso. When you pour so much love into a community, it’s always special to have that love given back. And I suspect that’s why Caruso sent a message out on Twitter for anyone who lives in the area to join him for a celebration next weekend. So if we happen to have any BN readers who live near College Station … let me know if you check it out.
  • Need more Alex Caruso in your life? I wrote many words about his first season in Chicago below:
  • Still not enough Caruso content!? Wow, you’re addicted. Here’s him at a Manchester City game …
  • https://twitter.com/ManCityUS/status/1549945044894945283?s=20&t=uTuvX1zfiyGZlrYsrPjG2A

  • Don’t worry, I haven’t.
  • I just don’t understand how anyone could hate Stephen Curry.
  • https://twitter.com/StephMuse_/status/1550297491035373569?s=20&t=oeOwfNVKARmhISNOs5u_gg

  • I understand that greatness can sometimes be annoying, but I truly can’t get enough of this dude. No other player in the history of the NBA has a highlight reel like the one above. And even though he’s inspired a whole next generation of shooters, I don’t think we’ll ever see a player do anything like this again. He’s a one-of-one talent who – as an NBA fan – I’ve felt fortunate to watch.
  • Stop being awesome, MarJon! I’m not supposed to like you now!
  • https://twitter.com/Marjon32/status/1550290380272201728?s=20&t=uTuvX1zfiyGZlrYsrPjG2A

  • I blame Nagy.
  • Same.
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    Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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