The truth on Alex Caruso leaving Lakers, per Rob Pelinka
It’s been nearly two months since Alex Caruso parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, but there’s no denying that there are more than a few LA supporters who are still ruing the loss of the fan-favorite combo guard.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka recently opened up about the team’s failed attempt to re-sign Caruso. Based on his statement here, it looks like LA actually did everything they could to keep Caruso in Hollywood.
Speaking to the media in a recent press conference, Pelinka described the process the Lakers went through in attempting to renew Caruso’s contract, as well as that of fellow free agent Talen Horton-Tucker (h/t Michael Corvo of ClutchPoints):
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Pelinka described the Lakers’ pursuit for Caruso as “aggressive.” However, the high-ranking executive did not provide any details with regard to the monetary aspect of their negotiations. Caruso ended up signing a $37 million deal with the Chicago Bulls for four years. Clearly, the Lakers were not willing to go this high.
For what it’s worth, LA signed Horton-Tucker to a three-year deal worth $32 million, which is actually more than what Caruso will be earning in Chicago on a per-season basis. Based on this factoid alone, it’s probably safe to assume that the Lakers have put more value on what Talen Horton-Tucker is able to bring to the table as opposed to Alex Caruso.