Just another uneventful year in Los Angeles...
October 19, 2019, 12:05 amAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Trudell reported on Twitter that Alex Caruso suffered a bone contusionon on his pelvis during Friday's game and will not return.
According to Trudell, the X-rays were negative but Caruso will undergo further testing when the team returns to Los Angeles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 12:47 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo drew the start in Thursday's 111-114 loss to the Nets in China, producing 18 points, five rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers on 7-of-13 from the field.
Rondo was quite active in his 24 minutes on the floor, and it looks like the Lakers will let this competition run throughout the preseason — or at least until Kyle Kuzma is healthy enough to regain his starting spot. Bradley scored five points with two steals in 20 minutes off the pine, and neither player makes for an appealing target in standard leagues. At least Rondo holds some value as an assists specialist. Alex Caruso got 22 minutes off the bench and delivered 11 points, eight assists, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers. It feels like he could be on the outside looking in when the season begins but in a true meritocracy he'd be playing ahead of Rondo.
September 27, 2019, 8:20 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso doesn't care if he starts or comes off the bench and said, 'Whatever I have to do to help us win is what I’m going to do.'
Caruso will be battling with a slimmer Avery Bradley and veteran Rajon Rondo for a starting spot. Caruso would be a good fit next to Lebron James and Anthony Davis, with his ability to space the floor as he shot 48 percent from three last season. If Caruso can carve out enough playing time, he might be worth a late-round pick.
Source: Lakers on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 7:28 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Alex Caruso and the Lakers have agreed on a two-year, $5.5 million deal.
After signing Rajon Rondo and Quinn Cook, the Lakers have now secured their third string point guard. Caruso quietly had a good season for the Lakers last year and will likely be the best defensive option out of the three point guards. He could have value in fantasy but it'll be more certain when the Lakers entire team shakes out.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 4:12 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have made qualifying offers to Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams, making them restricted free agents.
The Lakers are pursuing max-level free agents but this is a move that at least gives them a shot at retaining some cheap depth in case those plans fall through. Even so, there are ways for the Lakers to get around this decision by renouncing rights — the cap machinations here are very complex. As for the players, Caruso could play a decent role next season depending on how free agency plays out, and he was able to carve out top-200 value over the last few weeks of the season a year ago. That seems like a ceiling, however, and we have tons of time to go before anything is settled on this roster. Williams has a very limited path to any playing time.
Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 3:01 amAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso scored 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting (0-for-2 3PTs) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal, one block and seven turnovers in Tuesday's final regular season game against the Blazers.
Caruso finished just outside of the top-100 for the last 2-3 weeks of the season, and when you looked at his 25 games on the year he was a top 175-200 guy (8/9 cat) in just 21.2 mpg. It's fair to ask how much the silly season factored in, as well as absences by much of the team. He probably needs a few lucky breaks to matter in standard leagues next year, still.
April 8, 2019, 1:56 amAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso kept his foot on the gas with 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting, 11 assists and a steal over 43 minutes in the Lakers' 113-109 win over the Jazz on Sunday.
Caruso is going to get run of the yard in Tuesday's finale, and guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (32 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, two threes) and JaVale McGee (22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks) are playing for their next contracts. They should all be in line for big games, assuming they play.
April 6, 2019, 1:08 amAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso stuffed the stat sheet in Friday's win over the Clippers, exploding for a career-high 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 10 rebounds and a truckload of juicy peripherals.
Caruso was feeling it in this one, going 5-of-7 from deep and 7-of-7 from the line. He also added five assists, two steals and one block to round out his impressive line. He's been a hot pickup for the stretch run and does not look like he's going to slow down before the season ends.
April 2, 2019, 10:48 pmAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso had a season-high seven assists to go with 15 points and two steals in 29 minutes against Thunder on Tuesday.
This is coming off of Caruso's previous season-highs of six assists and 23 points. With so many Lakers done for the season, Caruso should be a nice source of assists, steals and threes for his remaining four games.
March 31, 2019, 8:54 pmAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso logged 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday against the Pelicans to score 23 points with four triples, four steals, six assists and three boards.
Caruso had a hot finish to last season as well and he will likely have every opportunity to do so again this season. King James (groin – out for the season) and Kyle Kuzma missed Sunday’s game and Caruso has a dynamic game that translates well to fantasy when he gets the minutes. Feel free to keep rolling him out there when the Lakers are missing starters.
March 27, 2019, 1:15 amAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso scored four points on 1-of-3 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Wizards.
LeBron played and it was the late TNT game, so this had the look of a lineup they might use in a serious game. Caruso profiles as a guy to mop up stats if and when the Lakers officially pull the plug, and with a four-game week next week the hope will be that Caruso's ascension can be timed with that deployment. Until then, he's a luxury stash with a dubious ceiling.
March 23, 2019, 1:26 amAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso came off the bench on Friday and posted 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets.
Caruso shot just 3-of-10 but it's certainly better than Rajon Rondo, who had five points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a triple in 25 minutes. Now that the Lakers are officially out of the playoffs we could see the scales tilt further in Caruso's direction, which means only those of you who are in desperate need of assists should be hanging onto Rondo. Caruso's a decent flier with the Lakers having four games next week but we wouldn't be entirely surprised if he ended up burning you, so buyer beware.
March 17, 2019, 3:13 pmAlex CarusoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso was everywhere on Sunday afternoon, putting up 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, five steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Knicks.
The steals and blocks were career-highs and Caruso has scored in double digits for three straight games. It's time to consider him a pickup if you need help at the guard spots, though today's defensive performance will surely go down as an outlier. We'd expect him to be more of an asset for assists but fantasy owners will happily take whatever production Caruso is offering up.
Kudos (you have to pronounce it all bougie-like: Kyoo-dos) if you made it this far, there’s only one more week to go. The Championship week will be extra hard so you need a Warrior song…