The Bulls appear to be seeking two first-round draft picks to part with guard Alex Caruso, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line, via Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports.
As Stein noted, the Bulls may just be setting an extra-high price as a starting point — and there is no indication that they definitely want to move Caruso. But there is interest and the Bulls are listening, sources have told Hoops Wire.
“There is still time, of course, for prices to come down, but the emergence of sellers as this deadline has been, well, deliberate,” Stein wrote, referring to the Bulls and Pistons, who have set a high price for wing Bojan Bogdanovic.
Caruso, 28, is averaging 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds and is considered one of the NBA’s staunchest backcourt defenders. But it’s highly unlikely that the Bulls would receive two first-rounders for him. And they likely know it.
- Several sources from around the NBA told Stein not to be surprised if the Bulls trade center Andre Drummond ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline. Drummond is averaging a career-low 13 minutes a night with Chicago. He is drawing interest, however, as a quality backup big.
- Guard Ayo Dosunmu has also generated some trade interest, sources said, with Pistons and Hornets being mentioned as two teams mildly in pursuit.
- The Bulls are telling teams that guard Zach LaVine will not be traded, sources said. They seem to be as determined to keep DeMar DeRozan, though may be open to dealing center Nikola Vucevic.
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