Playing pass or pursue with Clutch Points' fresh trade targets for Milwaukee Bucks

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Bucks' third target: Alex Caruso

As he has been for many years now, Alex Caruso will be one of the most highly sought-after targets for the NBA's top teams this off-season. It's unclear if the Chicago Bulls will finally be willing to budge and move the guard, but if they do, the Milwaukee Bucks should be banging down the door.

Caruso is widely regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire league, boasting an All-Defense honor in 2022-23. He'd fit seamlessly in Milwaukee's starting five, giving them a needed defensive ace on the perimeter who can take on the tough assignments.

He's also coming off his best offensive season to date, averaging 10.1 points while hitting 1.9 triples per matchup, both of which were new career highs. If he could provide scoring and shooting to that degree while also playing excellent defense, it could be a game-changer for Milwaukee.

With a $9.9 million salary for next season, the guard is also on an affordable deal, possibly standing as one of the best bang for buck players across the NBA. That's huge for the Bucks due to their lack of flexibility in trades, as they could easily match that salary.

The biggest potential roadblock for any team looking to pry Caruso away from the Bulls is what the front office may want in exchange for the guard. The rumored asking price has been steep since his name first popped up in this rumors, and that is unlikely to change.

If the Bulls are willing to entertain offers for the All-Defensive guard, the Bucks should make one.

The verdict: Pursue

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