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 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET!
Nick Friedell (1:36 PM)
Hello from New Orleans everybody. Let's get this chat rolling ...
Frank (San Antonio)
My question is why are people (especially in the media) giving up on Derrick Rose and his ability to be one of the top point guards again. Look I may be in the minority here but I think Derrick should get the benefit of the doubt until he proves otherwise. He is the youngest MVP in the history of the league and to me that means something. Can I please get your take?
Nick Friedell (1:38 PM)
I've said all along I still think Rose will get back to being one of the best players in the league. He still has plenty of talent. The question is the same, though. Will he be able to stay healthy throughout an entire 82-game season? It's an answer nobody knows. But I do think when he's on the floor, he will be able to still play at a very high level.
Isaac (Scottsdale, Az)
Nick, love your work. Quick question, if you were GM of the Bulls would you even ponder trading Derrick Rose? As a lifelong Bulls fan I was over the moon for D-Rose, but it seems with Thibs any PG can do the trick, we need our MJ back or wing player that can score.
Nick Friedell (1:41 PM)
Let's clear this up now. The Bulls are not going to trade Derrick Rose. It's not going to happen. Even if they wanted to, no team would give the Bulls anything close to market value for Rose because of all his injury concerns. The Bulls are married to Derrick for at least three more years. He's not going anywhere.
Hey Nick, what will it take for the Bulls to consider trading Taj Gibson? I don't think they can get a 1st round draft pick but I think his stock is higher than its ever been.
Nick Friedell (1:42 PM)
I don't see any scenario in which the Bulls trade Gibson other than if they can land Melo or another star. The Bulls love Taj; the only reason they would move him is if they had to clear out enough cap space to sign a superstar. Taj is playing the best basketball of his career right now.
David (Elkhart, Indiana)
Tony Snell is getting better every game and whats better is that even as a rookie he doesn't appear to be afraid of the moment. My question is who do you think is a more valuable trade chip between he and Jimmy Butler and who in the long term do you see being the better player between the two.
Nick Friedell (1:45 PM)
I get this question all the time now. Snell is improving -- but I wouldn't say he's gotten better every game. I'd say right now that Butler has a little more value just because of what he's shown in last season's playoffs. Jimmy's problem is that he has not been shooting well this season -- although he did have probably his best game of the year on Wednesday in San Antonio. In the end, I think Snell may have a little more upside just because he is a better pure shooter.
Franco (Bridgeport) [via mobile]
Nick, you make an interesting point that without the addition of another superstar caliber player the bulls sit in basketball "hell," being good but not good enough to win the title. There has been speculation about the addition of Carmelo Anthony but is that realistic given the history of Gar/Pax and constraint levied by the salary cap?
Nick Friedell (1:49 PM)
The front office has known for a while that it needs a second scorer to play alongside Rose. They'd love to have Carmelo -- problem for them is I just don't think he's going to leave NYC. The Bulls are just kind of stuck being a very good team -- but not good enough.
Kristian (St. Louis)
Nick, if the bulls strike out on Melo, what other realistic options will the bulls have to improve to championship level?
Nick Friedell (1:54 PM)
I really don't see any. They could have tanked the season and slid into the lottery -- but Thibs wasn't about to let that happen. If they don't get Melo, and I don't think they will, then I really don't know what they are going to do. A core of Rose, Noah, Gibson and maybe Mirotic is solid -- but that isn't enough to win a title.
Would Paul Pierce in a Bulls jersey make any sense to you?
Nick Friedell (1:56 PM)
Sure. The Thibs connection. But what would his price tag be?
Who is the most stylish Bulls player?
Nick Friedell (1:58 PM)
I'll go with Nazr Mohammed. Always looks sharp after games.
Nick, should Bulls fans be rooting for or against the Bobcats? I know that the Bulls get their pick this year if it's not in the top 10 this year and I know that this year's draft class is strong. But the possibility of getting an even higher pick in a future draft when the pick continues to become less protected. I'm conflicted, what should we root for? Thanks.
Nick Friedell (2:02 PM)
If I were the Bulls I would be rooting to take the Bobcats pick this season. If things stayed where they were today it probably be right outside the top 10. I know it could be unprotected in a couple years, but I think Steve Clifford will have Charlotte in the playoffs by then, if not sooner.
Luke (Oak Park)
Are you concerned for the future of the Lady Cats with the impending name change or do you think they'll maintain their high level of performance?
Nick Friedell (2:02 PM)
Ha. No matter what their new name is, they'll be fine.
John Craine (Chicago)
do you think there is any chance of another Rose return soap opera again?
Nick Friedell (2:06 PM)
I've learned to never say never when it comes to Rose's status. I know the Bulls have already ruled him out for the year, but maybe after a couple more months of rehab he starts feeling like he can play again. Who knows? But it will be interesting to see what happens as his rehab path continues.
straight up, boozer or taj, who would u take?
Nick Friedell (2:09 PM)
At this point in their careers I don't think there's any question. Gibson every time. His game is still getting better. Boozer is on the downside of his career.
Nikola Mirotic or a pick in the 6-8 range of the 2014 NBA draft? I am strongly in favor or Mirotic; however, I get the feeling that most casual fans would be more optimistic about Bull's future with the draft pick (ie. a more recognizable name from the NCAA). What say you?
Nick Friedell (2:17 PM)
Mirotic could turn into a great player -- the problem with him is his contract. If I knew for sure that Mirotic was coming over to play in the NBA then I'd take him, but nobody knows when -- or if -- that's going to happen right now.
Should fans wait for the Bulls second scoring option to be drafted, signed through free agency, or is he already on the roster?
Nick Friedell (2:20 PM)
It's going to be a long wait either way. I'll go for option number four: A trade. But that could be several years down the road.
Nick Friedell (2:22 PM)
I'm out of here everybody. If you're on Bourbon Street tonight come over and say hello. Talk to you next week from LA.