Derrick Rose happy with team chemistry

WASHINGTON -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is confident his team is good enough to win a title this season, regardless of whether they end up making a move over the next few days.

"Definitely," he said after Monday morning's shootaround. "There's no point in us being in here practicing if we didn't think that we could win a championship.

"I think we have a good team. I think that we have good guys on the team that are winners, that are basketball players, that just want to play ball and win."

ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Sunday night that the Los Angeles Clippers were buying out the rest of Rasual Butler's contract, and that he was interested in signing with the Bulls. Rose wasn't sure how Butler, or anyone else, would change the team's chemistry, a strength for a Bulls team that comes into Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards with a 40-17 record.

"I really don't know," Rose said. "That would be something that, when it gets here ... if someone comes here, we'll have to see. But I really don't know how it would be right now.

"I think that we have a good team right now. I think our chemistry is fine, the guys that we have are great, and I'm fine with the people that we have right now."

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau echoed those sentiments when asked about the possibility of adding Butler.

"I haven't heard anything about it," he said. "That's something you'll probably have to ask Gar [Forman] and John [Paxson] about. They're in charge of that stuff, and I think if they get close on something then they'll let me know. But like I said all along, I love the team we have. I love the guys we have."

With Rose leading the way, it's easy to see why Thibodeau feels that way. The 22-year-old point guard is having an MVP caliber season and admits that he is as confident as he's ever been on the floor.

"I'm more comfortable," Rose said. "Guys like Keith [Bogans], Kurt [Thomas] everybody on the team just made me more comfortable at my position, teaching me certain things on pick and rolls, certain things on plays to put us in a position to win. I have a lot of confidence right now, especially when I play and it has a lot to do with them and the coaching staff."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.