Caruso has agreed to re-sign with the Lakers on a two-year, $5.5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Caruso got some run with the Lakers late last season, averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 21.2 minutes. He's expected to compete for backup point guard minutes with Quinn Cook.
Caruso was extended a qualifying offer by the Lakers on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Caruso appeared in 25 games with the Lakers last season. He saw 21.2 minutes per game, averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal. It's possible he occupies a backup point guard role for Los Angeles next season.
Caruso generated 12 points (5-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block across 41 minutes in the Lakers' 104-101 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Caruso put a fitting cap on his late-season fireworks, posting his fifth double-digit scoring effort of the last six games. The second-year guard closes out the campaign with consecutive double-doubles as well, even though he only shot 36.1 percent (13-for-36) in those contests. Caruso didn't become a regular part of the rotation until early March, but he averaged a solid 12.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 28 minutes over the final 18 games of the season.
Caruso put up 18 points (8-20 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT) to go with 11 assists and one steal in 43 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 113-109 win over the Jazz.
Caruso has emerged as one of the late-season waiver-wire standouts after steady minutes opened up for him about a month ago when the Lakers began shutting down injured players. He's been particularly productive over the past five contests, averaging 19.4 points (on 46.6 percent shooting from the field), 7.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 triples and 2.0 steals in 35.2 minutes per game. Another hefty minutes total likely awaits him in the Lakers' season finale Tuesday versus Portland.
Caruso finished with 32 points (10-19 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block across 38 minutes in the Lakers' win over the Clippers on Friday.
Caruso poured in a career-high 32 points in Friday's win, finishing with a double-double and piling up an impressive final stat line. He's been given nearly 27 minutes per game over the last 13 games, and he's delivered some great performances in that time. Expect him to stay heavily involved as the Lakers close out the season with just two games remaining on the schedule.
Caruso is starting Thursday's game against Golden State.
Caruso scored 15 points in Tuesday's matchup, and his excellent play evidently earned him a place in the starting lineup. He'll start alongside Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Moritz Wagner and JaVale McGee.
Caruso generated 15 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven assists, two steals and two rebounds in 29 minutes Tuesday in the Lakers' 119-103 loss to the Thunder.
Caruso continues to serve as the Lakers' backup point guard, but he's been outperforming starter Rajon Rondo in the majority of games lately. Since becoming a regular part of the Los Angeles rotation in early March, Caruso is averaging 10.1 points (on 48 percent shooting from the field), 2.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 triples in 23.3 minutes per game. He should have a decent path to around 25-to-30 minutes over the Lakers' final four games, making Caruso a decent option in deeper formats.
Caruso busted out for 23 points (7-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and added six assists, four steals and three rebounds across 29 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Lakers' 130-102 win over the Pelicans.
After a string of quality performances in mid-March, Caruso's numbers had been trending down for the past four games before he erupted Sunday. In addition to leading the Los Angeles bench in scoring, Caruso was a pest defensively and finished second on the team in assists. There's likely to be some volatility with Caruso stat lines as the season winds down, but with four guard/wing types in LeBron James (groin), Lonzo Ball (ankle), Brandon Ingram (shoulder) and Josh Hart (knee) all shut down, the Texas A&M product should be in store for a 20-plus-minute role the rest of the way.
Caruso tallied 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Friday's 111-106 loss to the Nets.
Caruso came off the bench Friday but played 35 minutes in comparison to Rajon Rondo who managed just 25 minutes. The Lakers are out of the playoff race and could turn to Caruso down the stretch, whether off the bench or in the starting lineup. He can provide three-pointers and assists and should be viewed as a potential streaming option in 12-team formats.
Caruso scored 12 points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding five steals, three blocks, three rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 124-123 loss to the Knicks.
The second-year guard was a terror in his own end in a performance that can best be described as out of nowhere -- he came into the game with only three steals and four blocks on the season. Caruso has played at least 24 minutes in five of the last six games, scoring in double digits in four of them, and with the Lakers all but eliminated from the playoffs, the 25-year-old could continue to get a long look down the stretch.
Caruso totaled 16 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-8 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block over 24 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Pistons on Friday.
Caruso produced another solid stat line in Friday's loss, making contributions across the board. He's a standard league add right now and makes for a modestly-priced flyer in daily formats.
Caruso totaled 16 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and five assists over 26 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Raptors on Thursday.
Caruso had a healthy stat line in Thursday's loss, and he should continue to see extended playing time with Brandon Ingram (shoulder) out of the lineup. He's been mostly a G League player, but he'll maintain fantasy relevance for as long as Ingram sits.
Caruso produced 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 29 minutes in the Lakers' 115-99 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Caruso logged his highest number of minutes of the season by far and was very productive with them, riding a strong shooting night to his best scoring total since he also mustered 15 points in the regular-season finale against the Clippers last April 11. However, it's important to note the 25-year-old has spent the majority of the season in the G-League, and that his opportunity Wednesday appears to have largely been the byproduct of the absence of Brandon Ingram (shoulder).
Caruso was recalled from the G League on Thursday.
Caruso will be with the Lakers for Thursday's tilt against Houston. He's only seen spot run in the NBA, totaling six points, two blocks, one rebound and one assist across 20 minutes.
Caruso was assigned to the G League on Tuesday and will be available for South Bay's game against the Agua Caliente Clippers.
Caruso got some fourth-quarter run Monday against the Warriors, which was his first NBA action since late December. He'll continue to spend most of his time in the G League, however.
Caruso contributed six points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-4 FT), two blocks and one assist across 12 minutes Monday in the Lakers' 130-111 loss to the Warriors.
With the Lakers down their top two point guards in Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (hand), Caruso and Isaac Bonga were called up from the G League's South Bay Lakers to provide some reinforcement in the backcourt. Those depth issues weren't significant enough for either Caruso or Bonga to enter the game until the fourth quarter, when Golden State was already in control of the contest. The Lakers anticipate that Rondo will be available for their next game Thursday against the Timberwolves, so it's likely Caruso will be headed back to the G League in short order.
Caruso (undisclosed) did not play in Monday's game against the Vipers.
Caruso has now missed back-to-back contests after his 20-point, eight-steal effort against Northern Arizona towards the end of December. More information regarding the point guard's injury should be available in the coming days.
Caruso (ankle) registered 21 minutes during the win Friday over Santa Cruz, finishing the contest with eight points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six assists, four steals and two rebounds.
Caruso got the start at small forward but didn't wind up playing his full compliment of minutes as South Bay opted to play it safe. Caruso is averaging 13.3 points, 5.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals through 11 games this season.
Caruso did not play in Wednesday's contest due to an ankle sprain.
The two-way player seemingly just recovered from a strained right hip flexor, so the ankle sprain couldn't have come at a worse time. South Bay will kickstart a three-game road trip starting Saturday in Memphis, concluding Wednesday with a contest against Westchester.
Caruso missed Friday's game due to a straight right hip flexor suffered during practice Monday, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Caruso was held out of the preseason finale because of a hip issue, but he expects to return to practice early next week. When he gets healthy, Caruso figures to play with both the Lakers and their G-League affiliate throughout the year.
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