NBA: Kings nearly pulled off trade to acquire Alex Caruso–report

NBA: Kings nearly pulled off trade to acquire Alex Caruso–report

/ 03:18 PM June 25, 2024

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FILE – Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso gestures after making a 3-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, March 31, 2024, in Minneapolis. Caruso has been traded to Oklahoma City for Josh Giddey. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr, file)

The Sacramento Kings nearly pulled off a big trade last week while shopping their first-round pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft in an effort to improve their roster.

League sources told The Athletic the Kings were close to making a trade for Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection. The Kings reportedly offered the No. 13 pick as the “key chip” in trade talks with Chicago, but the Bulls instead chose to send Caruso to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal for Josh Giddey.

Caruso, 30, is a 6-foot-5, 186-pound shooting guard who would have added a lockdown defender to a Sacramento backcourt that features De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, Davion Mitchell and Keon Ellis. He was an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection in 2023 and an All-Defensive Second Team selection in 2024.


Caruso averaged a career-high 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks for the Bulls last season. He shot a career-best 46.8% from the field and 40.8% from 3-point range on 4.7 attempts per game.

The Kings have been active and aggressive in trade talks since general manager Monte McNair and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox came to Sacramento in September 2020. In February 2022, they pulled of a blockbuster deal to acquire Domantas Sabonis in a trade that sent Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson to the Indiana Pacers.

READ: NBA: Thunder trade Josh Giddey to Bulls for Alex Caruso

The Kings have also had a few near misses over the past three years. In July 2021, they were on the verge of trading Hield for Kyle Kuzma before the Los Angeles Lakers chose to send Kuzma to the Washington Wizards in a deal for Russell Westbrook. In February, the Kings were close to acquiring Pascal Siakam before the Toronto Raptors traded him to the Pacers.

Recent reports have linked the Kings to Kuzma and Bulls guard Zach LaVine. In July 2018, the Kings signed LaVine to an offer sheet before the Bulls matched the offer to keep him in Chicago. LaVine is entering the third year of a massive five-year, $215 million contract that will pay him $43 million in 2024-25, $46 million in 2025-26 and $49 million in 2026-27.

Kuzma is entering the second year of a much more team-friendly four-year, $90 million contract with a declining salary scale. He is owed $23.5 million in 2024-25, $21.5 million in 2025-26 and $19.4 million in 2026-27.

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