Chicago Bulls G Alex Caruso will undergo surgery for broken wrist, in 6-8 weeks, team says
Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso will undergo surgery early next week for a broken right wrist, the team announced on Saturday.
Caruso was injured in the Bulls’ loss to the Bucks on Friday night in Milwaukee. Caruso was badly fouled by Grayson Allen of the Bucks, who was flagged for 2 and was ejected from the game.
Caruso will miss six to eight weeks, the team announced.
Caruso went up for a layup on a fast break with 5:45 left in the third quarter, but Allen hooked Caruso’s right arm, spinning Caruso through the air and sending him to the ground hard on his right wrist. Caruso said his wrist was “a little bumped” after the game, but X-rays came back negative at the time.
Caruso’s agent Greg Lawrence called Allen’s foul a “cheap hit” in a statement to ESPN on Saturday.
“I expect the league to take into consideration not only what was a dangerous, unnecessary and dirty play by Alex Caruso that caused this significant injury, but also the offending players’ own history,” Lawrence said. “It was a cheap knock on an airborne, defenseless player that resulted in a broken bone that will need to be surgically repaired and will cause Alex to miss at least two months of the season.
“I hope the league imposes a punishment that sends a clear message that there is no place in the NBA for what happened to Alex and the Bulls.”
Sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that a decision on a potential league sanction for Allen has yet to be decided. The NBA takes into consideration any injury sustained by the offended player.
Caruso expressed frustration with Allen’s antics after Friday’s game.
“Dude just caught me in the air,” Caruso said after the game. “It’s kind of bulls—. I don’t know what else you can do about it. I’m just glad I didn’t have any major scary injuries right away.”
Caruso said his wrist continued to bother him in the second half, especially when shooting. He went 1 of 6 from the field for 3 points in the second half, but said he didn’t think the injury would persist long term.
He added that Allen did not come to see him after the game.
The foul particularly angered Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who is normally soft-spoken and rarely singles out players. But after Friday’s game, Donovan called Allen’s actions dangerous and cited his story while playing college basketball at Duke as he called on the NBA to consider greater discipline towards Allen.
“For Alex to be in the air and for [Allen] to bring him down like that, he could have ended his career,” Donovan said. “He has a history of that. For me, it was really — it was really dangerous. I hope the league will look carefully at something like that because it could have hurt him really, really badly.”
Friday was the first time this season that Allen was called for a flagrant foul and only the second time in his NBA career. He was also sent off from a Summer League game in 2019 for committing two flagrant fouls within seconds of each other. Allen is in his first season in Milwaukee, but the Bucks continued to defend his character after Friday’s game.
“It’s something I spent part of the day thinking about and I’m going to visit Grayson for a lot of reasons, more than just to check on him and see how he’s doing,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I can go on about Grayson since he’s been here and really since he’s been in the league, I think he’s been great for us. He’s competitive. He does a lot of things that are aimed at winning. Our dressing room love him. I love him.
“The competition is tough and there are things that happen in matches that are unfortunate. I know Caruso is going to miss some time and I feel for him. I don’t want that for any of our opponents, for anyone. But it’s nothing that was done intentionally and Grayson has been great for us The way guys feel about him is what you know the most is what the locker room feels about you.
“It’s an unfortunate part of the competition and I hope he and the Bulls can be back and healthy as soon as possible and I can’t wait to compete against him again.”
Caruso becomes the latest Bulls player sidelined by injury in recent weeks. Zach LaVine is out at least until early next week with a left knee injury. Lonzo Ball is due to undergo knee surgery next week which will sideline him for six to eight weeks. Javonte Green (groin) and Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) are still recovering from their respective injuries.