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May 27, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Nick Friedell

Nick Friedell
  (1:03 PM)

What's going on, everybody? Let's get this chat rolling and have a talk about loyalty ...

nick (chicago)

nick, will dwayne wades comments have any effect on other big name free agents wanting to come to chicago?

Nick Friedell
  (1:07 PM)

I don't think so. Aside from MJ, there are a lot of former Bulls that still walk around the United Center a lot. A lot of former players speak fondly about their time in Chicago. Heck, Scottie Pippen was given a huge ovation a couple months ago when he was introduced to the crowd after making the Hall of Fame. I doubt Wade's comments will have an impact at all. Players know the Bulls have a lot of money and they can play with Derrick Rose. End of story.

Russ (Elk Grove)

I feel like Wade is really missing the point on the Bulls loyalty. I guess he's never heard of Randy Brown or John Paxson. Pippen also finished his career in Chicago when he could barely run up the court. I think the media is blowing this out of proportion and he wasn't coming anyway so why does it even matter? They all can't go to Miami and I'm pretty sure the Bulls are an attractive team to atleast 1 of these guys

Nick Friedell
  (1:08 PM)

Exactly, Russ. Wade was never coming to Chicago in the first place -- so what's the big deal?

BRIAN (SOUTHSIDECHI)

Nick, what is going on with the coaching search?

Nick Friedell
  (1:12 PM)

The Bulls feel as if they're in the driver's seat because they feel they have the best job on the market. They are in no hurry to hire a coach, although New Orleans' run at Tom Thibodeau may speed things up just a little bit if the Bulls interview him as expected and decide that he is their guy. Still, I would expect the Bulls to interview several other candidates before making a final decision. Guys like Lawrence Frank, Mo Cheeks, etc.

Danny D (Chicago)

Why is nobody talking about David Lee, he's a 20/10 machine! He said earlier in the season he prefers to play the PF spot, WHY IS NOBODY TALKING ABOUT PICKING UP LEE!! We were already the best rebounding team in the league last year, could you imagine a front court of Noah, Lee, and *Lebron* with Taj off the bench? I can't think of a single team who could possibly try to match up with that!

Nick Friedell
  (1:15 PM)

Danny, Lee doesn't play much D. That's why. He's also not a back to the basket scorer so he and Noah would most likely clog up the middle. The Bulls would score a lot of points with Lee but they would probably give up too many on most nights.

Mark (Woodridge)

In order to get 2 max free agents this summer, we need to pull off a sign and trade. What are the Bulls options with this?

Nick Friedell
  (1:16 PM)

Finding someone to take on Luol Deng's contract and/or Kirk Hinrich's. Good luck with the first part.

Chi fan for life (Georgia)

Has there been any informal talks between the club and free agents to gage there interest in the bulls?

Nick Friedell
  (1:18 PM)

I have no doubt that the players are talking. Players talk all the time so I'm sure they've been discussing all the possibilities. Every free agent out there has to be at least a little intrigued with what the Bulls have to offer.

Ben (nj)

Nick, you don't make sense. If Noah and Lee are not back to the basket scorers, they can't clog up the middle..

Nick Friedell
  (1:21 PM)

So you're going to put Noah on the perimeter? Is Lee going to be a rover? How will he keep his rebounding numbers up if he's not near the basket? Bottom line: I don't see this combination working. Lee = No D.

Jonathan (Charleston WV)

What are the chances the Bulls resign Joe Alexander for next season?

Nick Friedell
  (1:22 PM)

Probably somewhere around -6

Eren (Naperville)

If the Bulls were somehow able to land both Lebron and Bosh(assuming weve traded Deng and Hinrich) who would play SG?

Nick Friedell
  (1:22 PM)

Eren, you could play the two on that team.

scott (frankfort)

Bottom line is lee is small potatoes, we donot need someone to put us in the middle of the east we need a horse to put us over the top of Orlando and Boston

Nick Friedell
  (1:23 PM)

Thank you Scott from Frankfort.

Dan (Chicago)

It's July 1. Nick Friedell was just named GM of the Chicago Bulls on June 30. Bosh and LBJ are tired of the nightlife in Toronto and Cleveland respectively. Where are you taking them to show them that Chicago is THE City to be in year round?

Nick Friedell
  (1:29 PM)

Now here is a good question. I start them off at a Cubs game and let them soak all the applause when they walk in the door since a large number of people don't watch the game there anyway. After the game we head over to Gibson's for dinner so that they can meet the Bears and they can tell them more about the city. Mix in a boat cruise of the city at night, take them to any number of local clubs that will cater to their every need. And then, right when it's time to go back to the hotel, take them to the Weiner's Circle so that they can experience what a Chicago Dog tastes like at 4 in the morning.

Louie (Orlando)

Go Bulls! Hey Nick, back to loyalty --> do you think Scottie Pippen would ever consider coaching the Bulls? I mean, does that seem smart? A possibility??

Nick Friedell
  (1:30 PM)

If Scottie really wants to coach I'm sure the Bulls would hire him as an assistant, but they would not want to hire another head coach who had no previous coaching experience.

Jayson (Chicago)

Were those back channels to phil jackson true in any way shape or form?whats the chance we can still land phil as our coach?would we have to get phil or lebron first?

Nick Friedell
  (1:32 PM)

Phil flatly denied it. He couldn't have been more clear that he doesn't want to come back to Chicago. I'd never say never with Phil but I would be stunned if he were the Bulls head coach next season.

Alberto (Chicago)

What do you think Chicago will be doing to entice LBJ to come to Chicago. I heard Clippers fans are going to do a parade.. i find that ridiculous as was Cleveland's take on the "we are the world" song.

Nick Friedell
  (1:34 PM)

I really don't think they need to do anything. All they need to do is say, "LeBron if you want to win right now, come play with Derrick Rose for the next six years ... oh, and did we mention he's just 21 years old?"

Dan (Chicago)

I like the way you think. I like Dirk Nowitzki, I know he's old, but that fadeaway is too pretty. He wants a ring, Lebron wants a ring, Derrick and Joakim wouldn't be upset about getting a ring.... What are our chances of getting the crafty veteran that is Dirk Nowitzki. (And if it is at all possible keeping our own crafty veteran in Brad Miller).

Nick Friedell
  (1:37 PM)

Dan, I just don't think Dirk is leaving the Mavs. He and Cuban are too close for him to leave after all these years. As for Miller, it all depends on the price. If his price is right and the Bulls still have a need they will probably sign him. He is loved in the locker room by most teammates, especially Noah.

David (Washington D.C.)

Nick, if the Bulls get LBJ and are not able to pull of a sign and trade for Bosh or another max contract guy, what are some of the other free agent options they could pursue to help LBJ and Rose score?

Nick Friedell
  (1:41 PM)

My guess is that the Bulls would go after two guys especially hard if they land LeBron but can't land Bosh. 1. Carlos Boozer. He would give Noah a lot of help down low and is a back to the basket scorer. 2. Joe Johnson. He took a beating during the playoff series against the Magic, but if the price is right he can still shoot and he is still young enough to have a few solid years left. Like I've been saying for weeks, I have no doubt the Bulls will go after Ray Allen as well. Can you imagine how many open looks he'd have playing with Rose?

Matt (Chicago)

What is your gut feeling on this whole "LeBron-to-the-Bulls" thing? Is it going to be a giant letdown or do they have a chance?

Nick Friedell
  (1:44 PM)

If you had asked me three weeks ago I would have said no chance, like I had been all year. After the way the Cavs/Celtics series ended though, I would say there the Bulls have a solid chance. In the end, my guess is that he decides between Chicago and Cleveland, but that's just a guess. Anyone who tells you they know what he is going to do is lying.

Jake (Chicago)

Weiners Circle?? Cmon there are better hot dog stands in Chicago.What is the chance of Capilari coming to Chicago? He did coach Rose already, and it has been stated that he would want to coach LeBron.

Nick Friedell
  (1:47 PM)

What other place is that good and has that kind of atmosphere at 4 in the morning? As for Calipari, I don't see him coming to Chicago because I don't think the organization wants to cede any kind of front office power to a head coach.

Danny (Morton Grove)

Nick, you don't like Morton Grove ? I have asked three questions and you have answered one of them, but Dan from chicago has a personal chat going on with you....whats up with that ?

Nick Friedell
  (1:49 PM)

I have no problem with Morton Grove. I've got a couple friends who live out there. What's your question, Danny? In fact, give me a recruiting pitch as to why LeBron should move out to Morton Grove ...

Bryan (Lisle)

Nick, I agree with you on Ray Allen. He's old but can still shoot the lights out. Plus with his age and all the other quality "inventory" on the market, his price should be driven down a bit. Do you think LeBron and Allen (and the financial flexibilty for next offseason) could be better scenarion than signing 2 of the big 3?

Nick Friedell
  (1:50 PM)

If the Bulls can land LeBron and Bosh they have to do it. Period. Having said that, the team absolutely must look at Allen because he would become the perimeter shooter they haven't had since Ben Gordon left.

Tom (Las Vegas)

What has really been going on behind the scenes with the Bulls management and ownership for loyalty to be a main concern for a prospective player considering playing for the Bulls?

Nick Friedell
  (1:53 PM)

Nothing that I'm aware of, Tom. Aside from the fact that MJ doesn't show up at games and walk around the United Center, I'm not even sure how the loyalty thing came up. There are other players on the Bulls besides Michael Jordan. People forget this sometimes. Obviously, Wade did this time.

Dan (Akron, Ohio)

Hey Nick, just curious. Which former Gator would you rather have next season assuming both are healthy? Noah or Horford? I know Horford has been great in Atlanta but Noah is coming on strong. What do you think?

Nick Friedell
  (1:55 PM)

Dan, that's a tough one. Noah has worked extremely hard on his game, but you'd still have to take Horford because he is a proven All-Star. Noah probably will be, but Horford has already done it.

Danny (Morton Grove)

Ton of Hott Babes (better than anything he saw in CLV) live in MG. Reading Phil's comments I can see where he was kinda coy and did not really dismiss the Bulls.He said he had no desire to come to chicago, but did not specifically say he was not interested...especially if LBJ is included.. What u think ?

Nick Friedell
  (1:58 PM)

Danny, you're telling me your whole sales pitch for Morton Grove is: "We've got a ton of hott babes"That sounds great, but is there really nothing else to offer? Plus, is this even true? Can an outside source confirm that there are plenty of beautiful women in Morton Grove?As for Phil, I think he is staying in LA -- where there is no shortage of "hott babes."

carter (chi)

really?? ray over jj? jj plays better D and is younger. lets build a team for the future not for the next year. ray is only getting worse and jj is only getting better

Nick Friedell
  (2:00 PM)

There it is -- our James Johnson question of the week. That's my cue to get out of here, guys. I will talk to you all soon. And yes, Carter, I absolutely take Ray Allen over James Johnson right now. Who wouldn't?