Los Angeles Lakers goalie Alex Caruso is an unrestricted free agent this 2021 offseason, and his future with the Purple and Gold remains murky.
While it does look like Caruso wants to stay in Los Angeles, the team’s recent swap for Russell Westbrook has cast doubt on the Lakers still wanting him to return. In addition, he is expected to get a significant pay raise from the $ 2.7 million he has received from each of the past two seasons.
Additionally, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report recently reported on the Hashtag Lakers Podcast that the team is likely to consider only bringing Caruso back for $ 5-6 million a year. No more than that and they should let him go.
Caruso, however, won’t be short of suitors if the Lakers let him go. Besides the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 27-year-old combo guard should have “multiple suitors” if he fully explores free will.
With discussions ongoing about his possible departure, Lakers fans made sure to show Caruso some love in an effort to keep him from leaving the franchise.
@ ACFresh21 Hi brother, hope you had / had a great day so far! Hope your Sunday and every day of your life is even bigger and more amazing than the last! I love you, my brother. The Lakers nation is here with you! Forever and ever. Please stay. 🥺🙏 #LakersNation
– Buddha Voorhees (@ adonizF20c) August 1, 2021
– ಠ ~ ಠ Katy Perry D. Platypus ಠ.ಠ (@ kathypunera93) August 1, 2021
Man. LeBron and AD are better off breaking up some of their mils for the Lakers to re-sign Caruso. It’s gonna be a riot if we don’t re-sign Alex Caruso @Lakers
– Tito (@ T4Tito) August 1, 2021
Meanwhile, other Lakers fan events have gone the distance and provided plenty of little perks for the fan-favorite Guardian – from their Netflix accounts, their Disney + connections, their Xbox game pass, their free laundry and more!
– Beck Mamba (@beckmamba) August 1, 2021
I will add Xbox Game Pass and Peacock. What if Peacock was free? It’s the thought that counts!
– Lakers in 6 (@DblDbl_Animal) August 1, 2021
I’ll do your laundry whenever you’re in the state of Oregon and pay for all drive-through meals in the state. Please. No. To leave.
– Rogue float (@orrsof) August 1, 2021
Where else could he find this kind of offer?
Lakers fans certainly adore Alex Caruso. Unfortunately, it’s up to the LA front office to make an effort if they want to keep it. The NBA is still a business, and it’s understandable for the athletic playmaker to choose what works best for them.
Ultimately, the Lakers fan base will always appreciate the real GOAT.