NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat could make a move for Alex Caruso?

Chicago Bulls Alex Caruso (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)
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NBA Trade Rumors: The Miami Heat, who have a need in the backcourt, could make a move for Alex Caruso at the NBA Trade Deadline.

After a forgetful start to the season, the Miami Heat has managed to win five games in a row and finds themselves ranked third in the Eastern Conference through the first 10 games of the season with a 6-4 record. Despite the fact that the Heat has been playing better of late, there’s still a huge need in the backcourt for Miami.

And this need is not just about missing out on Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal during the offseason. While that is certainly part of it, losing Gabe Vincent without finding a surefire starting point guard hasn’t helped the team at all.

For now, Kyle Lowry has been in that role. And he’s had a few bright spots so far this season, but the fact remains that the Heat needs to solidify their backcourt if they’re going to have any shot of competing with the other top-tier teams in the East.

It’d be foolish to put complete hope in a 37-year-old Lowry and Tyler Herro has already suffered a semi-significant ankle injury; he’s expected to be out several weeks. While Josh Richardson has played better in his last two outings, he’s left a bit to be desired as a key offseason addition.

In short, it’d be surprising if the Heat didn’t at least attempt to address their issues in the backcourt before the NBA Trade Deadline. According to a recent report, one potential trade deadline target that the Heat are keeping a close eye on is Alex Caruso.

Why Alex Caruso could be a hot commodity at the NBA Trade Deadline

As the Chicago Bulls continue to struggle with their identity and their fit in the Eastern Conference, there’s a growing belief that this is a team that could end up being big sellers at the NBA Trade Deadline. And if that does end up being the case, Caruso will end up being one of the most sought-after players on the Bulls for several reasons.

For one, he’s on a very affordable contract. Caruso has one year remaining on his contract after this season and is only due $9.8 million. For what he can do on both ends of the floor, he’s a player that many contenders will be interested in at the deadline.

Including the Heat. He’d be a great fit with what they’re lacking and would absolutely offer the insurance that they need.

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The big question is whether the Bulls will actually trade him. They’ve been holding off for now, but that could very much change if something doesn’t click for the Bulls in the next couple of months.