The NBA trade deadline is still months away and most are now speculating on potential player movement.

Over in Chicago, the Bulls appear to be experiencing internal issues stemming from their unexpected poor showing this 2022-23 NBA season. And while the names of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic have been mentioned, the unlikely one that other teams are keeping tabs on is Alex Caruso.

The 28-year-old has been doing his share of giving his best in whatever capacity. Aside from that, he holds a contract-friendly deal of two years in which he is due $19 million.

According to Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports, an unnamed Eastern Conference general manager believes that Caruso would be a great addition to a winning team.

While all may be silent for now, the day of reckoning could be by mid-January – especially if the Bulls’ fortunes have not turned around by that time.

The NBA executive added that Caruso has good trade value and would have at least 15 teams interested if the Bulls would place him on the block.

Caruso has proven his worth, especially in his first four years with the Los Angeles Lakers. He would then move to the Chicago Bulls on a four-year $36.9 million deal and continued his scrappiness that can be seen through slightly improved numbers.

This season, the 2020 NBA champion has averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25.4 minutes of action in 29 games.

For now, the Bulls need to look at other things as their current season appears to be in shambles. They hold a 12-18 win-loss record in the Eastern Conference and sit at the 12th spot.

In December, the Bulls dropped six of their 10 assignments, including four straight losses from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18.

They managed to win back-to-back games thus far, pulling off victories against the Miami Heat (113-103) and the Atlanta Hawks (110-108).

DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls Getty Images | Stacy Revere

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