Thursday, December 1, 2011
Bulls reach out to Nick Young
By Roman Modrowski
The Chicago Bulls have talked to the representative of Wizards restricted free agent Nick Young, but agent Mark Bartelstein emphasized Young is not in a hurry to leave Washington.
"He's got a great situation in Washington," said Bartelstein, a Chicago-based agent. "They've been great to him. It's not a spot where he's looking to leave Washington, but part of free agency is you have to look around.
"The Bulls are a terrific team with a need at two-guard. With that being said, I don't want to give the impression he's plotting ways to leave Washington."
The 26-year-old Young averaged 17.4 points last season for the Wizards. He would seem to be a perfect fit for a Bulls team looking to find someone to share the offensive burden with Derrick Rose.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't elaborate when asked Thursday about the importance of finding another player who can create his own shot off the dribble.
"The thing is, when you look at the strengths and weaknesses of our team, we have some guys on our roster who are capable of doing that," Thibodeau said. "You're always looking for guys that can create shots and break defenses down, particularly in the playoffs. And hopefully that's something that everybody improves upon."
But the 6-foot-7 Young is drawing interest from several teams, and the Bulls have limited salary-cap space. They would have to get creative to come up with an offer that the Wizards would be unwilling to match.
"You're a free agent only so many times in your career," Bartelstein said, "and this is a business, as we've all learned. Economics plays a role in everything, but (the Wizards) like him a lot."
Roman Modrowski is a reporter for ESPNChicago.com.