4. Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls
Here’s where the pipe-dream candidates begin. Speaking of fit, Caruso is a near-perfect one in Miami. He might be the best defensive guard in the NBA, and is shooting 41.5% on 3s this season. He’s also just 29 years old and under contract for $9.5 million this year and $9.9 million next season.
Every contender in the league is hoping the Chicago Bulls make Caruso available. However, according to most reporting, the Bulls are not entertaining offers for Caruso, focusing instead on trying to find a taker for Zach LaVine.
After a recent surge up the standings, the Bulls are 5-5 over their last 10 games and seem destined for another finish in the middle of the pack. Could they become more willing to move off their prized role players as the trade deadline gets closer?
If so, the Heat should call about Caruso. But, then again, so will every contender. That will drive the price for Caruso up, and likely out of reach for the Heat, making a trade for him a pipe-dream at this point.