The “Carushow” has come to an end. Alex Caruso is leaving Los Angeles for the Eastern Conference.
The free-agent guard signed a four-year, $37 million deal with the Chicago Bulls on Monday, per Adrian Wojnarowski. He’ll reunite with former Lakers teammate Lonzo Ball, who inked a massive four-year, $85 million deal with the Bulls just moments after free agency began on Monday.
This is a big loss for the Lakers. There’s no doubt they would have liked to re-sign the fifth-year guard, but their money wasn’t anywhere close to what Caruso was valued at. The Bulls pounced on the opportunity and got the job done Monday evening.
Caruso is the newest member of the Chicago Bulls.
Free agent guard Alex Caruso has agreed to a four-year, $37M deal with the Chicago Bulls, his agent Greg Lawrence of @Wasserman tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
It’s safe to say Lakers fans are massively upset over Alex Caruso’s decision. There’s no doubt he deserves the money, but Lakers fans are going to miss him.
Take a look at how NBA fans are reacting to the latest Caruso news.
I did not expect this but I love it https://t.co/OqjqxdRvOY
— Mo Mooncey (@TheHoopGenius) August 3, 2021
Damn, that one hurts…LakeShow will miss AC https://t.co/Py4dQOuK6C
— Allen Sliwa (@AllenSliwa) August 3, 2021
Lakers are going to miss this dude https://t.co/DPuy9hGxll
— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) August 3, 2021
I'm literally heartbroken. https://t.co/O1XEqr7ZEv
— Sam Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) August 3, 2021
Tough deal for the Lakers. He was a valuable piece around James that might be appreciated even more once he's gone. https://t.co/ZUvPO2o4cb
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) August 3, 2021
Oh wow. That's a big loss. https://t.co/qYqzRkZzJJ
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 3, 2021
Ok, hear me out. I think he’s going to become one of those players that will be appreciated even more in LA now that he’s gone.
Chicago is having some fun today. https://t.co/WZUZxtjtkh
— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) August 3, 2021
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 3, 2021
LeBron James is going to miss Alex Caruso the most. Caruso’s style of play complimented James well. James always appreciated how hard Caruso played on a nightly basis, as well. The Lakers will miss him this upcoming season.
The Bulls, on the other hand, might be the winners of the day. They landed Lonzo Ball, who just so happens to be one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Now they’ve snagged Caruso from the free-agent market.
The Bulls could be a darkhorse contender within the Eastern Conference this upcoming season.