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June 24, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Nick Friedell

Nick Friedell
  (2:05 PM)

What's happening, everybody? Let's get the chat rolling ...

Sam (Chicago)

Do you think Jimmy Butler will have a good career?Im pretty high on him

Nick Friedell
  (2:08 PM)

Butler played very well at Marquette and comes across as exactly the type of player that will thrive over time in Thibs' system. He's got a defense-first attitude and is willing to do whatever he can to make his team better. Having said that, he's got to make sure his shooting becomes more consistent in order to crack the rotation.

Can-I-Get-A-Hot-Tub (United Center)

Hey Nick...LOVED what the Bulls did in the draft. They got a backup for Luol. And stashed away another good Euro-Big (according to Franchilla) who will be ready for the NBA when Booz's deal is up. Still think we need a legit SG who can create his own shot, but what do you think about Watson, Korver, and Cash for Kirk?

Nick Friedell
  (2:09 PM)

The Bulls love Hinrich, but I think they'll wait for his deal with Atlanta to expire and then try to re-sign him. I think Hinrich will end up being a Bull again down the line -- but probably not next season.

Dennis (Chi-Town)

First and Foremost I wanted to say that your assessment of the Bulls organization for the last few weeks were dead on. Keep up the great work. Now for the juicy part. How do the Bulls expect to fill that void for a 2nd scorer? What are some names that we can expect to hear in the next few months that can make the Bulls a Championship contending team?

Nick Friedell
  (2:12 PM)

Dennis, Appreciate it. As for the second scorer, I think the guy the Bulls will look to sign after the lockout is somebody like Jason Richardson if they can clear enough money under the new CBA. If they don't acquire a new two guard they will wait to pick one up in a trade next season, again, assuming they have the cap space to do so.

Gene (Hinesville, GA)

I've been hearing a lot of talk about Jason Richardson and Jamal Crawford as the most likely Bulls targets to fill the SG spot. Why isn't more consideration given to J.R. Smith? The guy is a flat out scorer with excellent range and can create for himself. Exactly what the Bulls need at the 2 spot. I know he has a bad reputation but lets not underestimate what being on a legit title contender can do for a players attitude.

Nick Friedell
  (2:15 PM)

Smith is definitely somebody who is on the Bulls radar -- but those questions about his attitude and rep are taken seriously by people in the organization because the team believed the chemistry was so good last season. They don't want to mess that up in any way, hence the reluctance to add a guy like Smith.

Lee (California)

do you think they are planning to move Deng to the #2 spot which is why they didnt focus on it in the draft??

Nick Friedell
  (2:16 PM)

Nope -- I think Deng will remain a 3 for the foreseeable future.

Mitchell (NYC)

I am confused, please un-confuse me. The Bulls could have upgraded SG by taking either Hamilton or Brooks at #23. They then could have used #30 to take Mirotic if he dropped as most observers thought he would or still could have taken Butler. What the plan at SG now?? Can't go with the duds they have now!

Nick Friedell
  (2:19 PM)

Why did so many people believe the Bulls were going to find a starting two guard in the draft? None of the guys they even thought about taking are going to be able to produce for the next few years at that kind of level. The Bulls know they must upgrade the position and they feel like they will do so in the free agency or by making a trade next season around the deadline.

Lee (California)

Now for the serious question. What do you think the odds are that a deal is reached to avoid a lockout?? I am hoping that all that has happened with the NFL will be a guidance for the NBA and help them avoid a lockout.

Nick Friedell
  (2:21 PM)

The lockout is coming and the Bulls won't be playing for a while ... get ready for a long summer/fall.

Mo (Chicago)

Is Jamal Crawford a good fit in your eyes? To me, his role in ATL was perfect for him - coming off the bench. His trigger is too quick for me. What says "The Blazer?"

Nick Friedell
  (2:24 PM)

Crawford can score so he's a fit in that regard for the Bulls because they need scoring desperately. The issue would be that he doesn't play the kind of defense that Tom Thibodeau would ask of him on a consistent basis.

Mark (Chicago)

If the Bulls do not grab a 2 before the season starts, what are the chances Brewer starts over Bogans? He is just as good if not better on the defensive side, more athletic, and has an overall better game. I know that he cannot stretch the floor as well, but if the playoffs are an indicator, Brewer will take outside shots and be able to hit a few, just as Bogans currently does.

Nick Friedell
  (2:26 PM)

I think Brewer is the guy if the Bulls don't re-sign Bogans and don't pick up another two guard before the season starts.

Sam (Chicago)

Hey Nick. Ive been hearing rumors about the bulls and the magic trading. The bulls would send Noah and Boozer for Dwight Howard. Do you think this has any chance of going down? I would love to see Howard in a bulls uniform next season

Nick Friedell
  (2:28 PM)

This deal is not happening. Can we put this baby to bed, please?

Matt (Chicago)

What are the chances we acquire Ellis? I read a Warriors article about Ellis+Lee for Boozer Asik Brewer or something of that nature... With a legit second perimeter defender in J. Butler to replace Ronnie, we'd really be trading Ellis for Asik... thoughts?

Nick Friedell
  (2:31 PM)

I think the Bulls will continue to discuss the possibilities, but again, I don't know if Ellis is the best fit for Thibs because he doesn't always play defense. If we learned anything over the past year, it's that if you want to play in crunch time for Thibs -- you must be able to play defense as well.

Nick Friedell
  (2:31 PM)

All right, guys. An abbreviated chat today -- I'll talk to everybody in the next few weeks. If you've got any questions, feel free to e-mail me.