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February 18, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Nick Friedell

Nick Friedell
  (1:07 PM)

What's going on everybody? It's a busy day in Bulls trade land. Let's get right to the questions ...

Josh (Champaign, IL)

What is the outlook for the Bulls after the recent trades? I feel they can stay at where they are now with warrrick taking thomas's minutes.

Nick Friedell
  (1:12 PM)

Josh,If these deals go down, I really like what the Bulls have done. In the present, they acquire a guy in Warrick who is very athletic and can make 15 footers. Like you said, he'll probably take Tyrus' minutes. In the future, by trading Salmons, they have cleared enough cap space to go after a big name in the summer. They also get a 1st round pick because of Thomas deal. A solid day for Gar Forman and company so far ...

Marc (Chicago)

Please tell me we are trading hinrich before the deadline

Nick Friedell
  (1:14 PM)

Obviously, there's still time, but it sure doesn't sound like a Hinrich deal is going to go down. The Bulls were only going to deal Hinrich if they could get something of value in return and obviously they don't feel like they can. He's one of VDN's favorite players and will continue to provide a solid veteran presence for the young guys.

Dave (Glendale Heights)

It sounds like the deal for Salmons is pretty much official, but is the deal for Tyrus to the Bobcats pretty solid or still just rumors?

Nick Friedell
  (1:16 PM)

Neither deal is official official just yet, but the guess here is that both will be by the deadline.

han (lakeview)

nick , Is it true? Law and Murray for tyrus ??? it's a horrrible trade, esp tyrus has been playing prtty well,how is it a solid day for gar forman? seems like they just say screw it, we'll focus to get the free agent in the summer

Nick Friedell
  (1:18 PM)

Totally disagree that this is a horrible trade. Tyrus has proven that he is consistently inconsistent. The Bulls take back two guys who they won't have to worry about next season and get a first round pick on top of that. With Salmons' contract off the books the team has enough space to make a push for a big name this summer.How is the anything other than a solid day for the Bulls so far?

Ben (Woodridge)

I understand all of the trades are made with this summer and the future in mind, but assuming Salmons and Thomas trades go through, are we a better team today and for the playoffs this year than we were last week?

Nick Friedell
  (1:21 PM)

Ben,Probably not. But it's a lot closer than you would think. I think that Warrick and Salmons are close to a wash. Tyrus can be great on some days and disappear on others. The Bulls will miss him a little bit on some days but not at all on others. Bottom line is that this team wasn't going to win a title this year either way -- so what's the difference?

Dave (Glendale Heights)

Can you compare Tyrus' game to Warrick's? I've always been a fan of Warrick even from his days at Syracuse. Do you feel he's pretty similar to Thomas in terms of production, but with a better attitude?

Nick Friedell
  (1:23 PM)

I think Thomas and Warrick have a lot of similarities. Both players are long and athletic. They both can hit mid range jumpers and can play solid D at times. Thomas probably has a little more athleticism and potential, but Warrick is definitely going to be a better fit in the locker room.

Ryan (Moline, IL)

I love all the trades to clear cap room, but you have to remember this is all assuming that we sign a big name this summer. What happens if we strike out on the big names? A lot of trades for nothing?

Nick Friedell
  (1:25 PM)

Ryan, That's literally the million dollar question. The more I'm around the Bulls the more I'm convinced that they think they're going to land a big name. If they don't I'm sure they'll sign a couple second tier free agents and go from there. But I don't the possibility of NOT signing one of these guys has even crossed their minds.

Dave (Columbus)

Looking into the future, what free agents do you see the Bulls chasing after and which do you think they will end up with?

Nick Friedell
  (1:28 PM)

The Bulls are going to go hard after everybody. That is certain. But, as I've said before and I'll say again: I think they'll try to convince Wade but he won't leave Miami. The guess is that they end up with Joe Johnson.

Dave (Columbus)

After dealing Salmons and Thomas, two pretty major players, who needs to step up in order to get the Bulls to the playoffs?

Nick Friedell
  (1:30 PM)

First and foremost, they need to get back Joakim Noah back healthy. If the plantar fasciitis continues to bother him and he can't play, the Bulls aren't going anywhere. After that, I think these trades put a little more pressure on D. Rose in the short-term. They are going to rely on him even more to score and lead the team.

Nick (Chicago)

Nick, the Bobcats are reportedly giving up a "protected" first round pick in the Tyrus Thomas deal. Can you explain what it means to have a "protected" pick?

Nick Friedell
  (1:31 PM)

A protected pick usually means a lottery pick. If the Bobcats are awful one year and end up in the lottery, the Bulls will probably have to wait another year to take that selection off their hands.

Dave (Columbus)

Do Acie Law and Flip Murray add anything of value to the Bulls rotation? Will Joe Alexander see the floor?

Nick Friedell
  (1:34 PM)

To the first question: probably not. Murray has always been able to score and may give the Bulls a lift and Law may get a few minutes as the back up point guard, but neither will probably provide much of an impact. Alexander has spent some time in the D-League and hasn't proven much in his short career. I doubt he will see the floor much, if at all.

Brad (South Bend)

Can someone please explain why everyone wants to dump Kirk so badly? He is the best defender on the team, he has been a strong presence since he was drafted, he is a great "glue guy" that seems to bring alot of intangibles that dont show up in th ebox score and the Bulls have clearly improved since he went back to the starting lineup. I understand he's overpaid but who isnt these days? Isnt Kirk going to be a valuable piece going forward, even if they do sign Bosh or Wade? Who replaces his D if they trade him away?

Nick Friedell
  (1:36 PM)

I think a majority of people wanted to get rid of Hinrich because of his contract, but as you pointed out he is probably the Bulls best perimeter defender. If the Bulls do want to deal Hinrich in the future I don't think they'll have much of a problem finding a taker. As was the case over the last few weeks though, it all depends on what they would get in return.

JD (New Hampshire)

Hi Nick, who do you think will be the coach of the Bulls next season or who would you like to see as the coach?

Nick Friedell
  (1:42 PM)

It seems that we get this question at least few times a week. Del Negro has to be given credit for the way he has helped turned the Bulls around lately. Having said that, the organization has had plenty of opportunities to give him another vote of confidence and they haven't done so. I don't think he's coming back next year. As for a possible new coach -- If the Bulls do decide to make another hire, it will have to be somebody who can help develop Rose even more. The interesting thing is that Rose has gone on record as saying that he wants Vinny back, so we'll see what happens.

Sean (Chicago)

If the Bulls do wiff on Bosh and Amare this summer do you think they'd consider signning David Lee to a big offer sheet and make the decision to be a "Suns East"?

Nick Friedell
  (1:45 PM)

Sean, I doubt it. I had this argument about Lee the other night with a friend of mine. I think Lee is a terrific player but I don't know if you could play him at the same time as Noah. They would crowd the floor up and neither has a very solid back to the basket game. Having said that, I think the Bulls will explore the possibilities with Lee, especially if the Wade/Bosh/Johnson signings fall through over the summer.

Scott (Posen, Il)

Hey Nick, great work by the way. I follow you on Twitter when I can't watch the Bulls and I feel like I never miss a beat. What do you think the chances are we still move someone like Hinrich or Brad Miller and have you heard us possibly being involved in anything. I heard that we called Minnesota about Al Jefferson recently.

Nick Friedell
  (1:48 PM)

Scott, Thanks for the kind words. I do think the Bulls are done -- at least for the day. I'm sure they looked into adding Jefferson, but I don't think the Bulls have anything to give up that the Timberwolves want at this point.

John (Valparaiso)

Do you think I have a better chance of going on a date with Megan Fox than the Bulls getting LeBron or D-Wade?

Nick Friedell
  (1:49 PM)

Hilarious question, JohnThe answer is yes. Like I've said, I don't think LeBron or DWade are leaving. Have fun on your date with Megan ...

Sean (Chicago)

I consider that "floor space" issue a very weak argument. Wouldn't Rose and Wade or Johnson occupy the same space?

Nick Friedell
  (1:51 PM)

Sure, but Lee and Noah would most likely be in the exact same positions on the floor. At least a combo of Rose and Wade/Johnson would open everything up a little more. Plus, Noah has no jumper and Lee's is still improving. It's not like you're going to toss it out to either of them for a three.

Bob (San Diego)

If you were to put a percentage on Lebron getting signed to the Bulls, what would it be? (Personally, I start off with 60% staying in Ohio, the other 40% going to different teams - Bulls being the strongest at 10%)

Nick Friedell
  (1:52 PM)

1 %

Sean (Chicago)

Considering sign-n-trades could be part of one of the major free agents switching places how likely is it that Kirk or Luol could be moved this summer as part of bringing in a big name? In other words are Rose and Noah the only "untouchables"?

Nick Friedell
  (1:53 PM)

Yes, Rose and Noah are the only two that you can be certain aren't going anywhere. I would almost put Taj in that group as well because the organization loves him so much, but if the right deal came along he would probably be gone, too.

Nick Friedell
  (1:55 PM)

All right guys, I'm out of here. Great job with the questions this week. Send in some more to the mailbag over the next few days ...Talk to you all next week.