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Bulls fans all said the same thing about Alex Caruso-Josh Giddey trade

Josh Giddey in his Thunder uniform

Nov 12, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) dribbles the ball down the court against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports

A handful of Chicago Bulls fans were not satisfied with what their team got back for Alex Caruso. More specifically, many were unhappy about what the team didn’t get back: draft picks.

Reports emerged Thursday that the Bulls agreed to trade Caruso straight up for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey.

Several fans complained about the Bulls being unable to pry a single draft pick from the Thunder GM Sam Presti, who has the deepest pockets in the league when it comes to draft capital.

Giddey was once a highly valued trade asset. But the 21-year-old Australian saw his stock drop significantly after he became borderline unplayable during the Thunder’s latest postseason run.

Opposing defenses completely sagged off Giddey and dared him to shoot, which messed up the Thunder’s spacing. Giddey played in just 12.6 minutes per game during OKC’s second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks after averaging 25.1 minutes during the regular season.

On the other hand, Caruso turned into a deadeye 40.8% shooter from deep on nearly five attempts per game last season.

Caruso adds elite perimeter defense and championship experience to a Thunder squad hungry to get deeper into the playoffs next season. With Caruso joining a guard rotation with Lu Dort, Cason Wallace, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder now arguably have the best defensive backcourt rotation in the NBA.

All Bulls fans wanted in return was one Thunder draft pick for making it happen.

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