The Texas A&M Basketball team isn’t in the best place at the moment but the program has still sent some strong names to the NBA. Names like DeAndre Jordon, Khris Middleton, and Robert Williams are among the most popular.
On Monday, a former Texas A&M Basketball star signed a $37 million deal, making him one of the highest-paid Aggies in the league. That player is Alex Caruso.
Clearly, Caruso’s run-in with the law didn’t affect the Bulls’ vision of what he can do for the team, as they inked him to a four-year, $37 million relatively long-term deal. After all, he was arrested for possession of marijuana, which is legal where his team was based and where his future team is based. His arrest was a formality at best.
Former Texas A&M Basketball star Alex Caruso should continue to be a productive bench player, this time for the Bulls
In the past four seasons, Caruso has been just that — productive. Nobody will mistake him for an NBA All-Star, but he does his job on the court every single night.
After going undrafted in 2016, Caruso had to prove himself at the NBA level. After multiple stints with G-League teams, he finally carved out a role for himself on a team that is highlighted by LeBron James. While he was there, he made it clear that he was a serviceable NBA player, starting in the game that clinched the NBA Finals win for Los Angeles.
This was good enough for him to catch the Bulls’ attention, as he is a relatively low-paid role player who can produce off of the bench and fit in the right role. At 27 years old, this is a huge contract for Caruso.
The former Aggie guard averaged 6.4 points, 2.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals last season. he shot the 3-ball over 40%, giving the Lakers some space when he’s out on the floor — an area that they hadn’t been great in.
His numbers are similar to what they looked like when he played basketball in College Station, where he averaged 9.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 steals in his 2020-21 NBA season. Numbers that any coach loves to see, even if they don’t jump off of the page.
This is a great signing for the Bulls.