The Bulls trade Alex Caruso to the Thunder for Josh Guede

The Bulls trade Alex Caruso to the Thunder for Josh Guede

The Chicago Bulls are trading two-time defensive end Alex Caruso to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for point guard Josh Giede, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

the Chicago Bulls They trade the two-time all-defensive guard Alex Caruso to Oklahoma City Thunder For the base Josh GeddySources told ESPN on Thursday.

Exchange gives thunder One of the most coveted players in the league, the 30-year-old guard has long been sought by general manager Sam Presti for the No. 1 job in the Western Conference. Access Alex Caruso It could be considered an addition similar to the Golden State Warriors' acquisition of Andre Iguodala in 2013. At the time of that deal, Iguodala was also 30 years old.

the Bulls We were determined to find a guard to replace him Lonzo BallAnd Josh Geddy, 21, comes with All-Star potential that is unlikely to materialize with the Thunder due to the star power of the point guard around him. Point Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished second on the MVP list and there is an expectation that the franchise will want to give the 7-foot-3 Chet Holmgren more point guard duties.

Josh Geddy He was the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and has become one of the most creative young players in the league. The Bulls will offer him the opportunity to keep the ball in his hands and more freedom to pass and score. Chicago needed a motor for its offense, and the Bulls got it with Jedi.

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Josh Geddy He played 80 career games with the Thunder last season, but finally started coming off the bench in the Western Conference playoffs. His scoring average dropped from 16.6 points to 12.3 points last season as his role with the Thunder evolved. Guede has 11 triple-doubles, the fourth-most ever by a player 21 or under behind Luka Doncic, Magic Johnson and Ben Simmons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Alex Caruso He shot 41 percent on 3-pointers and ranked fourth in the NBA in steals last season. Caruso ranked second in defensive faceoffs in the half court against 2024 NBA All-Stars, behind new Thunder teammate Lu Dortz, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The addition of Caruso gives the Thunder three of the best on-ball defenders on the team among guards in the league, including Caruso, Dort and Kason Wallace.

Caruso will be eligible for a four-year, $80 million contract extension six months from the date of this trade. He is entering the final year of his contract. The Thunder made the deal with hopes of keeping Caruso an integral part of their team long-term, sources said.

Giddey is eligible to negotiate a rookie-scale extension as a member of the 2021 draft class.

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