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Alex Caruso makes admission about media’s treatment of Lakers

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One former Los Angeles Laker is seeing things for what they really are now that he is no longer a member of the team.

In an interview with Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype, Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso admitted that there is a media bias towards the Lakers, namely when it comes to the over-coverage of the team on social media. Caruso was asked about new Lakers guard Austin Reaves, who has replaced him as the team’s new cult hero.

“I’ve seen a little bit!” said Caruso of Reaves. “It’s apparent now. I didn’t realize this when I was on the Lakers. But social media shows all of the Lakers highlights. I didn’t think that was true until I got another team.

“But he appears to be one of those good glue guys that winning teams need,” Caruso continued about Reaves. “I think he’s a lot farther along than I was during my first year in the league. I think we have the same mindset of getting better and working hard. Hopefully, he can stick around.”

Caruso has an excellent point, as nobody would really care who Reaves was if he was not on the Lakers. Caruso himself would not be as well-known as he is now if he had not begun his career with the Lakers and gotten featured so heavily on social media highlight pages. The inverse is also true — many of the Lakers’ former young phenoms have faded into relative obscurity now that they are no longer with the team. Jordan Clarkson is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year and still does not get as much coverage as he did when he was on the Lakers. Brandon Ingram was an All-Star in 2020, but you very rarely hear about him these days either. The same goes for players like Josh Hart, Larry Nance Jr., and even D’Angelo Russell — the average fan would probably be unable to tell you what teams those guys play for now.

The Lakers have always been a marquee franchise, and the oversaturation has only intensified during the LeBron James-Anthony Davis era. For his part though, Caruso is doing a good job of staying relevant during his post-Lakers career for the surprising 12-6 Bulls.

Photo: Apr 3, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls players hilariously screwed up their own team’s giveaway

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The Chicago Bulls got a big win on Monday over the Los Angeles Lakers, but they still managed to let their fans down in one regard.

Before the game, the Bulls announced on Twitter that they would be giving away a Zach LaVine jersey to a lucky fan who correctly answered which player would score first between Alex Caruso and Coby White.

Unfortunately however, there ended up being no Zach LaVine jersey for Little Johnny on Monday night. In a cruel twist of fate, both Caruso and White finished scoreless against the Lakers. The former missed his only shot attempt in 34 minutes of action, and the latter went 0-of-2 in his 11 minutes.

Caruso and White both poked fun at the giveaway mishap after the game.

The Bulls next play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, so maybe the team will still honor the giveaway for that game. While we have seen many cases of players screwing up the other team’s giveaways, this is probably the first time that the culprit has been a team’s own guys.

Photo: Apr 3, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Did Klutch Sports prevent Lakers from re-signing Alex Caruso?

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There may have been more than meets the eye with Alex Caruso’s departure from the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.

BIll Oram of The Athletic reported this week on the Lakers’ attempts to re-sign Caruso over the summer. The team reportedly held firm at an offer of three years and $21 million for Caruso despite attempts by Caruso’s camp to compromise. Oram adds that Caruso was willing to accept a two-year, $20 million contract, which the Lakers said no to. Caruso would eventually leave to sign a four-year, $37 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.

The article also says that Caruso’s exit paved the way for the Lakers to offer more money to guard Talen Horton-Tucker, a client of Klutch Sports, and prevent Horton-Tucker from signing an offer sheet elsewhere. They would end up giving Horton-Tucker a three-year, $31 million deal.

On paper, it did not really seem to make much sense for the Lakers to pick the 20-year-old Horton-Tucker over Caruso, a win-now role player who had already established himself a championship-level rotation guy. Meanwhile, Horton-Tucker, though plenty talented, is a lesser-proven commodity who needs the ball in his hands a bit more. On a team led by an almost 37-year-old LeBron James and other aging stars, Caruso would have been the more logical fit. It is especially head-scratching given that Horton-Tucker ended up getting a longer deal with a higher average annual value than what Caruso was willing to accept to return to the Lakers.

But the pieces of the puzzle might start to fall into place when you consider the link with Klutch. James and Anthony Davis are both represented by the powerhouse agency. We also know that the Lakers have a history of taking care of Klutch clients, even the agency’s non-star players, during the James era. That as much as anything could have played a role in Caruso’s ultimate departure from the team that drafted him.

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Photo: Apr 3, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers lowballed Alex Caruso in contract talks?

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Los Angeles Lakers fans were sad to see cult hero Alex Caruso leave the team for the Chicago Bulls this past offseason. Caruso’s account of his contract negotiations with the Lakers may not make them feel any better either.

Caruso appeared this week on “The Old Man and the Three” podcast with JJ Redick and indicated that the Lakers lowballed him in contract talks.

“So going into [free agency], I really didn’t know what to expect,” he said, per Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll. “I really didn’t hear much from any team, including the Lakers, leading up to 6 PM. Then they called, and the Lakers made their offer. It wasn’t an offer I was going to accept, because I was going to be able to get considerably more money from another team.”

Caruso described how the Bulls then called to express interest. They pitched Caruso on how he would fit in and eventually made a strong offer. Caruso then took that offer back to the Lakers to ask them if they would match it.

“Essentially we got that offer, went back to L.A., asked if they could do the same, they said ‘no,'” Caruso went on. “Asked for something else that was a little less, they said ‘no.’ So I said ‘OK, if that’s what it comes to, I’m ready to go to Chicago and start the next chapter.’ It’s been great. I think it’s been a great decision for me.”

Redick then posited that the Lakers’ initial offer was for less than two years and $15 million, which Caruso confirmed.

Caruso would go on to sign a four-year, $37 million contract with the Bulls. Meanwhile, the Lakers went in a different direction in the backcourt, signing the likes of Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, and Wayne Ellington. They also brought back Rajon Rondo on a minimum deal and traded for Russell Westbrook.

A homegrown Laker, Caruso reportedly wanted to return to the team as a free agent. But the Lakers were apparently unwilling to pay Caruso his true market value, forcing him to go elsewhere to get his paper.

Photo: Apr 3, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls already embracing Alex Caruso memes

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It did not take long for Alex Caruso to make his impact on the Chicago Bulls, both on the court and as a meme.

Caruso had a successful preseason outing for the Bulls on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans. He came off the bench and stuffed the stat sheet with ten points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in a 36-point Chicago victory. On Saturday, the Bulls touted Caruso by posting a tweet that read, “Respect the headband.”

For those unfamiliar, the headband look is a big part of ancient Caruso lore. From the very first time that he donned it as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, legend has it that the headband is the source of Caruso’s powers, almost akin to Calvin Cambridge’s magic sneakers in “Like Mike.”

In signing Caruso to a four-year, $37 million contract this summer, the Bulls guaranteed themselves an absolute goldmine of viral Internet content. They are clearly wasting no time in tapping into that content already.

Alex Caruso has funny joke about his time with Lakers

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The Bald Mamba era in Los Angeles is officially over, but the legend will continue to live on no matter where he goes.

New Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso had a funny joke this week about the time he spent with the Lakers. Caruso told reporters that a Bulls assistant pulled him aside to compliment him on his ability to fight through screens.

“I said for three years that’s all I was allowed to do,” Caruso said, per Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago.

The 27-year-old Caruso indeed rose through the ranks in Los Angeles by providing grit on the defensive end. His offensive numbers for his Lakers career (5.9 points and 2.4 assists per game) were never great. But he played his role perfectly and was a critical part of the Lakers’ 2020 title team.

Caruso, who signed a four-year, $37 million deal with Chicago this summer, went from undrafted rookie to a player that basically every team wanted. You don’t get to that point without nailing down your fundamentals first.

Lakers fans bid Alex Caruso farewell after $37 million deal with Bulls

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Alex Caruso is getting paid elsewhere, and Los Angeles Lakers fans have nothing but love for him.

Caruso agreed to a 4-year $37 million deal with the Chicago Bulls in free agency. The Lakers and the team’s fans knew there was a possibility Caruso would leave in free agency, and that time has come. Even though Caruso is headed to the Bulls, Lakers fans were supportive of the 27-year-old guard.

Many Lakers Twitter accounts shared love for Caruso and wished him well.

Even Jared Dudley, who has spent the last two seasons with the Lakers, had something nice to say about Caruso.

Celebrity fan O’Shea Jackson Jr. gave Caruso a big shoutout.

The 27-year-old guard spent the last four seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 assists in 21.0 minutes per game last season. Caruso also won a ring with the Lakers in 2020.

It’s a good thing for him that his June arrest didn’t cost him free agent interest.

Lakers will not overpay to keep Alex Caruso?

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Alex Caruso is one of the most popular players within the Los Angeles Lakers fanbase. But charm and goodwill may only get him so far.

Basketball writer Eric Pincus said this week in an appearance on the #Lakers Podcast that a reasonable number for Caruso, a free agent this offseason, may be around $5-6 million per year. Pincus added that the Lakers may let Caruso go if he gets more than that from another team.

While Caruso is an excellent defender, that seems to be a fair number for a guy who has career averages of 5.9 points and 2.3 assists per game. Granted, the 27-year-old is now the Lakers’ longest-tenured player after the losses of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma in the Russell Westbrook trade.

We do know one team that may want to steal away Caruso from the Lakers, especially if they are aware that the Lakers are unwilling to overpay for him.

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Alex Caruso got stopped by TSA trying to board flight

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso was arrested on Tuesday for marijuana possession, and we now have more details on what led to the misdemeanor charge.

Lt. Bobby Richardson of the Texas A&M Police Department told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Caruso tried to board a flight at Easterwood Airport in College Station when he was stopped by the Transportation and Security Administration. Caruso’s bags were searched, and TSA agents found a herb grinder that contained marijuana.

Police records show that Caruso was arrested for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He was released after posting bond.

Caruso has spent the first four seasons of his career with the Lakers after he went undrafted. The 27-year-old played college ball at Texas A&M. He averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 58 games with L.A. this year. Caruso is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Alex Caruso arrested for marijuana possession by Texas A&M police

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Alex Caruso was arrested on Tuesday by campus police at his alma mater.

The jail records for Brazos County, Texas show that Caruso was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The jail records show that Caruso paid a $552 fine and was released on $3,000 cash bond.

Caruso joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017 after going undrafted out of Texas A&M in College Station. He has played four seasons for the team and will be a free agent. The 6-foot-5 guard is expected to command some decent bucks, reportedly in the $10 million range.

Caruso is a major fan-favorite for the Lakers. The arrest is unlikely to hurt his standing with the fans.