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Thunder gets Alex Caruso; sends Giddey to Chicago

The straight-up trades between teams have been minimized during the last 10 years but the Thunder took another bargain deal trading a piece with ill-fated fit for a 2-time All-Defense player. Alex Caruso is not a stranger to OKC as he started his career there signing a training camp deal.

He returns to Oklahoma City as a guard with a starting job and a player that has made two All-Defensive teams in his career. Adrian Wojnarowksi first reported the deal between the two teams.

Caruso was one of the brightest spots in Chicago’s mediocre squad. He had averages of 7.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals. He was named to the All-Defensive First Team for 2022-23, the All-Defensive Second Team for 2023-24, and he won the NBA Hustle Award for 2023-24. Immediately after the Thunder waived him in 2016, Caruso signed for the Lakers.

The dynamic guard came up big for the LA franchise as he helped the team win the NBA championship in 2020. Surprisingly, the Lakers did not sign the Texas A&M alumni back and the guard moved to Chicago. He remained there for four seasons.

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Josh Giddey hopes for fresh start after underwhelming season with the Thunder

Josh Giddey had a strong fall from grace this season as the Australian was unable to perform on a high-level in the Thunder’s current roster and he had some off-court issues to deal with.

The 21-year-old was investigated following accusations by an anonymous social media user that he had an improper relationship with an underage girl.

The NBA and the Newport Beach, California, Police Department investigated Giddey during the season. The Newport Beach police completed their investigation in January and detectives were “unable to corroborate any criminal activity.”

Giddey started the seasons slow as his lack of shooting efficiency hurt the Thunder. By the time of the NBA playoffs, the Australian lost his starting job. The guard averaged 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists with 47.5% shooting this season. The Bulls might seeing Giddey as their potential starting point guard.

Lonzo Ball is expected to play in the 2024/25 season, but Chicago might decide to get the injury-ridden guard off the books by trading him or buying him out, per Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. Ball hasn’t played basketball for two seasons and his ability to return to his previous standards is highly doubtful.

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