Our First Draft Trade Rumor, Alex Caruso’s Market, Chicago Sky’s Defense, and Other Bulls Bullets

Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls high five.
Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls high five.

Fans: “Do something!”

Chicago Bulls: *trade up in the worst draft of the decade*

Fans: “Not that something!”

In case you missed the news this morning

  • At the end of the day, a trade up the draft board comes down to one thing – cost. The good news for a curious Bulls front office is that it should be the cheapest it’s been in quite some time to grab a higher pick. The bad news is that says pretty much all we need to know about the quality of this prospect pool. As I said in the post shared above, I don’t want to criticize the lack of movements by Arturas Karnisovas … only to immediately criticize the idea of him finally making a move. This at least symbolizes some form of aggressiveness and potentially signals a willingness to build around more youth.
  • Still, the Bulls should be thinking about adding assets as opposed to sending more out. While they would at least be throwing a new youngster into the mix, they would likely have to risk more future flexibility to make that happen. The only way they might be able to avoid that is if the Houston Rockets – stationed at No. 3 – are super interested in Alex Caruso. The two-time All-Defensive Team member could help them in their quest to break back into the postseason. But should a deal be as simple as Caruso for the top 3 pick? Might the Bulls be able to do better in the open market? To be clear, I know that would normally sound crazy, but this isn’t any normal draft. All indications are that organizations are VERY down on this prospect pool. So what if the Bulls can get a more established young player (and perhaps future draft capital) in a Caruso deal elsewhere? I might lean toward taking that.
  • If one thing is for sure, I don’t see Zach LaVine or DeMar DeRozan being the driving force for a trade up the board. While the Rockets and Grizzlies (No. 9) may be interested in veteran talent, I highly doubt they view either of those two as worthy of a top-10 pick. This is especially true when we consider how much both will be owed in the coming years.
  • Feels like a good time to re-share this …
  • Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls against the Cavaliers
    © David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

  • Kris on X (a great follow for Bulls fans!) made a good point about the Bulls’ previous rebuilding struggles. He emphasized that the number of times you pick is far more important than how high you pick. You know, more throws at the dart board. I know that might sound kind of obvious, but I do think it’s easy for some front offices to forget. Teams get infatuated with the idea of a top 3 pick. Considering the Bulls’ lack of all-around talent, however, they’re likely better off trying to take more bites of the apple.
  • Pre usual, K.C. Johnson’s mailbag at NBC Sports Chicago is a good read
  • I’m happy for Derrick Jones Jr. and Daniel Gafford. The former Bulls have played a big role in helping lift Dallas to its first NBA Finals since 2010-11. I can’t wait to watch. By the way, if you want to know the full NBA Finals schedule, here’s a link.
  • The Chicago Sky moved to .500 on Thursday night with a win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Marina Mabrey led the way with 20 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds to continue a very solid start to the year. Although, arguably the catalyst for the victory was Chennedy Carter. The fourth-year guard is off to a great start this season off the bench, tallying her fifth-straight game in double figures last night (14 points on 6-10 shooting). Her downhill game is proving to be a vital asset for this team.
  • https://twitter.com/WNBA/status/1796359658795307479

  • The full expectation was that this new Sky roster would hustle on defense under new head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. And they’ve met those expectations thus far. The Sky holds a top 5 defensive rating to begin the year, and this is without No. 3 overall pick Kamilla Cardoso protecting the rim! Angel Reese is a big part of that.
  • We knew Jimmy Butler and Fred Hoiberg didn’t get a long, but this is wild …
  • Ah. Cool.
  • My prediction … pretty well!
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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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