Chat with Nick Friedell
Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! On Friday, Nick Friedell stops by to chat about the NBA season as well as the Chicago Bulls.
Friedell covers the Chicago Bulls for both ESPN Radio 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.
Send your questions now and join the chat Friday at 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET!
Nick Friedell (1:32 PM)
Hello from Milwaukee everybody. Let's get this chat rolling ...
Mike ho (Hong Kong)
Nick, do you think Bulls still make the playoffs this year?
Nick Friedell (1:34 PM)
I do. I think the East is so bad and Thibs and the Bulls players have so much pride that it will be hard for them to slide out in the East.
Nick what is the real likelyhood of the Bulls trading Hinrich or Dunleavy in the next 5 weeks? I can see Hinrich but I would keep Dunleavy for when Rose returns next year? What can they get for them?
Nick Friedell (1:36 PM)
If they can get a 1st round pick for either of those guys they are gone. It remains to be seen if that is possible -- but I would be surprised if either player is still with the Bulls after the trade deadline.
Hey Nick! The Bulls stick with this rotation right now and will Snell be given more PT enough that Dunleavy goes back to coming off bench? Thanks
Nick Friedell (1:38 PM)
Anyone who has followed Thibs and the Bulls the last few years knows that anything is possible as far as rotations go. The Bulls like Snell but I think Thibs will stick with Dunleavy in the starting lineup for now.
Realisticly, do bulls have a shot at lebron james next off season? And have you heard any news/rumors about this? Thanks
Nick Friedell (1:39 PM)
I really don't think there's any chance at all LeBron comes to Chicago. If he were going to come play for the Bulls why wouldn't he have done so in 2010?
Ryan P (Mokena )
Does the Luol Deng trade mean the Bulls have officially began to "rebuild", so to speak? It is hard to consider the Bulls a contender without Deng in the mix next season and with many questions surrounding Rose...
Nick Friedell (1:41 PM)
No question -- but I wouldn't say it's a flat out rebuild because they still have talent on the roster and they still have Thibs. I think it's more like a re-tooling.
DY (Chicago )
What are the bulls looking to do this offseason with the roster?
Nick Friedell (1:42 PM)
It all revolves around Mirotic. That is priority number one for the Bulls this summer -- to get him to come over to the NBA and play.
John (San Francisco)
With the shedding of Deng, this puts some monumental pressure on Tony Snell to start producing like a veteran. So far, he's seemed up to the challenge, and in my opinion could blossom into a James Harden-type of player, with his deceptive speed. Do you think he will be able to handle it long term, and become the Bulls #1 SF of the future?
Nick Friedell (1:46 PM)
First of all, I don't think the Deng moves put more pressure on Snell as much as it gives him a chance to prove he can play. Secondly, I don't think anyone is expecting him to be a James Harden type player. He may turn into a starter down the line -- he just has to continue making the right play instead of forcing shots.
What kind of salary would Mirotic command? Would they have a chance to get a big name free agent along with Mirotic?
Nick Friedell (1:48 PM)
This is the multi-million dollar question. The Bulls would love to just give him the mid-level exception. His reps will probably ask for much more than that. If they do, then the Bulls will absolutely have to amnesty Boozer.
Hey Nick, as a season ticket holder and I pretty bummed about the rest of this season for the Bulls; however, I was happy with the deal. It was a deal that I thought the Bulls should make, just wasn't sure if management would. I had high hopes for Butler and Deng on the court together; however, I realized pretty quickly that Butler was not going to develop into the ball handler needed to play the wing with Deng (another poor ball handler). Moving forward I think it will be good for Butler to move to the 3 and get another wing who can handle the ball better (not sure if Snell can be that player but it will be one of the interesting things to watch this year). Just want to hear your thoughts on if you agree that ultimately the Butler / Deng pairing was not going to be a great fit.
Nick Friedell (1:52 PM)
I have always believed that Butler was more of a 3 than a 2. It seemed like Deng and Butler were built to play the same position not next to one another on the floor. The key for Butler will be to become a better shooter. He's put a lot of time into his shot, but he needs to become more consistent. If he does, he will take the next step in his progression and will be a good fit around a dynamic 2 guard.
I know publicly jon paxson has come out and said the bulls still believe that Derrick Rose will return to be a great player but what type of vibe do you get privately from the organization about their belief rose will return to the Derrick Rose of old.
Nick Friedell (1:53 PM)
They feel just like the fans do. They don't know. Nobody does. They're hopeful -- they know the way Derrick works -- but they don't know if his body can withstand the grind of an NBA season anymore.
Nick, the possibilities are limited, but what route is the most likely to land a superstar alongside Rose? Melo sign and trade seems the most likely long shot. Any others?
Nick Friedell (1:56 PM)
I know a lot of people are asking about Kevin Love but Flip Saunders doesn't want to deal him. If Love ends up leaving Minnesota, I've always believed he would end up in LA. He is a UCLA alum. Carmelo is a long shot -- like getting any other star to come to Chicago.
Matt (North Center)
How realistic are Thibs and the players being about this trade? They hate to the lose the guy, but they've got to know the business end of it, no?
Nick Friedell (1:58 PM)
Absolutely. They're all frustrated Deng got moved but these guys understand the NBA is a business. Doesn't make it any easier though.
Do you find it likely that Kirk comes back next year at the vet minimum?
Nick Friedell (2:01 PM)
It's definitely possible -- whether he gets dealt or not. He loves being in Chicago and the Bulls' front office loves him.
Rish Sharma (chicago, il)
Nick, which one of the two scenarios is more realistic/more likely to happen:1. We amnesty Boozer, don't resign Hinrich, and move Gibson, in order to make a run at Carmelo Anthony (someone I'm not a big fan of) in the offseason. 2. Bobcats make the playoffs, we get their 1st round pick, and we then package the two first round picks in order to move into the top 5 in the draft. Thanks!!
Nick Friedell (2:04 PM)
Option #1 is more likely but I don't see the Bulls moving Gibson unless they absolutely have to. Option
Ryan (Moline, IL)
Getting any other star to come to Chicago? You think no stars want to come to Chicago? If so, why not?
Nick Friedell (2:06 PM)
I think it's because it's freezing in Chicago throughout much of the season. Players are unsure about Rose's future and while many respect Thibs I think some having second thoughts about actually playing for him.
Nate (Phoenix) [via mobile]
This silence by Noah...is it plausible he might be traded this season too? Don't want him to be just curious if it's raw frustration that Gar/Pax will get or if it's a sign of insubordination.
Nick Friedell (2:10 PM)
I don't think Noah is getting dealt but anything is possible with this Bulls team now. I think he is just incredibly frustrated. The problem for him is that the longer he doesn't speak, the more attention he draws to himself and the situation.
Hey Nick, Bulls fan in Texas wondering about the future. We all know what Derrick Rose could be, but given the unknowns do the Bulls still try to build solely around him?
Nick Friedell (2:13 PM)
No. I think John Paxson made that pretty clear when he said the Bulls would try to build "with" Rose. They know Rose may not be the same player again. They know he's only played a handful of games in the last three seasons. They hope he can come back and be the same player, but they don't know. That's why they won't build just around him again moving forward.
Nick Friedell (2:15 PM)
All right everybody, I am out of here. I will talk to you guys next week from DC. If you are at a game come over and say hello.