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 11 a.m. CT/noon ET!
ESPNChicago (11:59 AM)
Nick is just getting out of shootaround and will be here soon to take your questions. Keep them coming ...
Nick Friedell (12:21 PM)
What's going on everybody? Let's get this chat rolling ...
Ed (New Delhi, India)
Nick, what are your thoughts on the no-tank? Is that for real? It seems like Charlotte and Sacramento are willing to tank to keep their picks from us, so will we have lost Deng for nothing (other than Mirotic-needed cap space)?
Nick Friedell (12:23 PM)
The Bulls (players and coaches) are not going to tank. Period. That's been pretty clear from their recent comments. As for Charlotte and Sacramento -- the Bobcats will have to give up a pick eventually. And count me in the group that believes Sacramento's new ownership group won't let them be bad forever.
Hey Nick! Love your stuff Sir, I just had a quick question. Do you think the Bulls will just hang onto Boozer, his expiring contract next year could be worth not pulling the amnesty card?
Nick Friedell (12:24 PM)
It all depends on Mirotic. If he asks for more more and the Bulls believe they have a chance to get him to come to the NBA, then Boozer will be gone.
Rather than play Jimmy 60 minutes, why did Thibs not put Cartier Martin in the game? If he is not hurt, I am absolutely dumbfounded on why he logged zero minutes in double OT game. Care to shed some light on the subject?
Nick Friedell (12:27 PM)
It boils down to the fact that Thibs trusts Jimmy more. Thibs got very defensive in regards to his minutes choices at shootaround a little bit ago. Players have come to expect playing heavy minutes under Thibs. I just don't think Martin has been here long enough to build up that trust with Thibs just yet.
Nick, in your honest opinion, what are the chances Drose comes back for the playoffs this season? I just have a feeling that he may give it a go this time if he's fully healthy. If he starts practicing again you know the murmurs will start back up even though the bulls did say he's shut down for the season
Nick Friedell (12:31 PM)
I don't think Rose is coming back this year. No matter what happens. The Bulls have tried to make that clear. Thibs wouldn't even commit to Rose practicing this year. I think the Bulls learned from their mistakes last year in how they handled the situation and are trying to do a better job this time around.
Mike (South Loop, Chicago)
Do you believe Jimmy Butler has shown enough this season, particularly shooting, to crown him the future shooting guard for the Bulls? Or do Gar and Pax still have aspirations to move Jimmy to the 3 and look for another option at the 2?
Nick Friedell (12:32 PM)
I've always believed Jimmy was more of a 3. I think that is eventually where he will end up.
Jeff (Tampa) [via mobile]
There's a lot of talk regarding the amnesty target known as Carlos Boozer. Is it impossible to imagine a scenario where some goofball team would take him off our hands in a trade of some sort? Perhaps involving the plethora of draft picks we acquired in the Deng deal?
Nick Friedell (12:33 PM)
If Gar and Pax found a team to take back Boozer's contract in a deal the league should just hand them the executive of the year award right then and there. It's not going to happen.
Why won't the Bulls just tank. Do they refuse to see it will be better in the long run if they do? Are they just too proud? Do they want to be stuck in mediocrity?
Nick Friedell (12:35 PM)
Because Tom Thibodeau is the coach and he won't let his players quit. Because guys like Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler are too proud to give up in games. The Bulls built this culture over the last few years and the players and coaches aren't going to give up on it now.
Come on nick answer my question bro, what's tony snell's ceiling? Compare him to a current player he can be like?
Nick Friedell (12:37 PM)
I think Tony could average 15 points a game in the league over time. He will be a solid rotational player and could turn into a starter over time.
The future of the Bulls seems very dull. If someone comes asking for Noah do you trade him? I think the Bulls should go to total rebuild mode. What are your thoughts?
Nick Friedell (12:39 PM)
Noah is the closest thing the Bulls have to an untouchable on this roster. It would take a huge offer to see him in any deal -- especially given that he still has two years left after this one on a team-friendly contract.
Thibs repeatedly tells reporters about how much he loves his players and their competitive spirit. Do you believe that Thibs decision to stay as a coach for the long run can be influenced by players like Jo and Derrick who love competing for him?
Nick Friedell (12:42 PM)
No doubt. As long as Rose stays in Thibs' corner, he will be safe in Chicago. If he decides to leave, it's because his relationship with the front office isn't great and he wants to get a fresh start somewhere else.
Realistically, other than a 2d round pick which except in rare occasions are generally nothing more than practice guys or garbage time guys, are Hinrich and Dunlevy worth anything on the open market, thus meaning they would be salary dumps and lottery pick moves?
Nick Friedell (12:46 PM)
That's what the Bulls are trying to figure out. It's going to be interesting to see what teams offer for Hinrich and Dunleavy. If the Bulls can get a 1st round pick in return for either, that decision will be easy to make.
Did Jimmy ever get his cake from Jo?
Nick Friedell (12:48 PM)
Ha. Doubtful. Jimmy said he spent a lot of time sleeping yesterday as part of his recovery process.
A lot of people want Melo on this team, but I just don't see it. Do you think the Bulls should go for him?
Nick Friedell (12:50 PM)
My question to people in response to the possibility of Melo coming to Chicago has always been -- Name another star that is coming to the Bull any time soon?
How much money will it take to get Nikola over here?
Nick Friedell (12:51 PM)
The Bulls are hoping the mid-level exception will get the job done, but it's probably going to be more than that.
Dave (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Do you feel like Taj Gibson is underutilized? It seems like he's an efficient performer on most nights. Would they get more value in playing him 30-35 minutes a night?
Nick Friedell (12:52 PM)
I think that time is coming soon. If the Bulls do make the move to amnesty Boozer at the end of the year, Gibson's minutes will go up even more.
Josh (Deerfield, IL)
if mirotic doesn't come over this off season? Who would the Bulls go after instead?
Nick Friedell (12:54 PM)
Good question. That's why it will be interesting to see what they do with Boozer. If they don't think there's somebody that greatly improves their club, like they believe Mirotic would, there's always the chance they could keep Boozer instead of paying him to leave.
Nick, I know I said I had just 1 quick question, but I think what you do here is really awesome. SO LAST QUESTION. Do you think the Bulls will try to sign Deng back after this season? Or is that crazy to think about?
Nick Friedell (12:58 PM)
At this point, I don't think a reunion is going to happen. Deng knows this is the last big contract he will get in his career. I think he'll go where he gets the biggest offer -- and that's not coming from the Bulls.
Winston (Brooklyn, NY)
Was the reason Deng turn down the contract the years or the money?
Nick Friedell (1:00 PM)
Probably both. Deng and his representatives feel he is worth much more than the Bulls offered.
Nick Friedell (1:03 PM)
I'm out of here, guys. Thanks for all the questions. I will talk to you guys next week. If you're at a game come over and say hello.