The Chicago Bulls wasted no time once NBA free agency started at the beginning of the month, as Lonzo Ball’s deal with the Bulls was one of the first free agent deals announced. But when Alex Caruso learned of the news, he didn’t think it was possible for him to also land in Chicago.

“The Bulls were always one of the teams that my agent said had some sort of interest,” Caruso said during his introductory press conference. “I honestly didn’t understand that there was still room for me to be here after the Lonzo deal was announced, and it was shortly after that my agent kind of explained they were still interested — maybe even more so now.”

Additionally, he noted that the Bulls wanted to further add to their guard depth. After speaking on the phone with head coach Billy Donovan and executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnišovas, Caruso realized it was “a good situation.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Caruso’s agent, Greg Lawrence, said the guard’s four-year deal with the Bulls amounts to $37 million.

Caruso comes to Chicago following four years with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won a championship in 2020. This past season, Caruso averaged 6.4 points on 43.6% shooting from the field in addition to posting 2.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game.

During the first two seasons Caruso spent with the Lakers, Lonzo Ball — another new addition to the Bulls’ backcourt — was still in Los Angeles. However, Caruso was on a two-way contract then. So when he would come join the Lakers, he said it was because either Ball or Rajon Rondo were hurt.