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The truth on Alex Caruso leaving Lakers, per Rob Pelinka

Alex Caruso, Lakers, Rob Pelinka, Talen Horton-Tucker

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):

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.