Ask Sam Mailbag: 02.09.18

A trade centered around Isaiah Thomas for John Wall, without the Cavs giving up the Brooklyn pick. Seems IT hates Cleveland and I've heard a lot of random sources claim Washington players hate John Wall and some have even said they're better since he's gone down. Both teams get all-star point guards, Lebron gets a new running mate and a hail mary that the chemistry will work, and if it does and Lebron walks, they haven't given up the pick.Dustin Chaviano

Noah Vonleh #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls on January 31, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Read up on Vonleh. He seems physically to be in a Elton Brand package. Don't know if he jumps better. Sounds like a nice kid, read in a couple of places he's got a confidence problem. Very much like the fact that he's got a stout lower body capable of low post stuff. Hope he's not JR Reid - too much of a Clydesdale. If he gets a little attitude he could be the rim protector Dunn's looking for. Haven't seen him play much, no idea how are his hands/feet. Apparently once upon a time, folks thought he moved around pretty good. Hope he likes to run. He apparently can shoot. If he's got a confidence problem, Hoiberg has done miracles with Dunn. Let's see what he can do with this kid.Pete Zievers

Kris Dunn #32, Lauri Markkanen #24 and Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls poses for a portrait during the 2017-18 NBA Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois

8 teams within reach of the bottom spot. 4-5 huge rewards You know GS wins it all Race for the bottom is really intriguing and it's kinda fun box score watchingWhat a comeback into the contention for the Bulls!Jeff Lichtenstein

Jameer Nelson #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls on January 22, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Can you make any sense out of the Bulls' moves (Thursday)?Of the players we got for Niko, I thought only Jameer Nelson would be helpful. We really need a backup point-guard (or a starter, until Dunn is back) and his contract is perfect. He only makes $2.6MM this year and is an FA after that. Also, at 35, he won't be getting big $$ offers, so we could keep him ‘on the cheap' for another year if we wanted to. My understanding is that Vonleh was projected as an athletic big who could develop 3-pt. range, but has been a disappointment. Is this kid ready to break out, and therefore a steal? Art Alenik

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on February 6, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Will these moves keep him in Cleveland or does he still want far away from DanMike Sutera

DeMarre Carroll #9 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball over Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on December 27, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Pelicans pick is sitting at #16 and out of the lottery. The Clippers are just a half game out of the 8th spot. The Jazz, winners of seven straight ball games, are 2.5 games behind the Clippers. I'm not sure Mirotic improves the Pelicans that much as many think. The Pelicans are sorely lacking in depth and in height. The Pelicans just brought in Emeka Okafor of all people who has been out of the league for a few years.

Do you think the Pelicans make the playoffs and rob the Bulls out of a lottery selection? Tom Plonowoski

Derrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on February 6, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Looks like Rose will be released. Any reason the Bulls should consider bringing him back on a trial basis if he still wants to play? What a coup it would be if he were able to revive his career in Chicago. (Please, don't wake me. Oh, look! There are Noah and Rose entering the locker room! Jimmy is grabbing a towel while Taj is lacing up his shoes. You can hear the crowd cheering in the background! The ref blows his whistle to begin the second quarter. Asik grabs the rebound.. Is that Kyle setting up for a three?) William Kochneff

Cristiano Felicio #6 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 31, 2018 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon.

What happened to Felicio? It appears that he forgot how to play ball. I hesitate to denigrate any of these guys but I am confused by him. He seemed pretty active last year but now lost. I wonder if he might be a Holberg ball casualty as he doesn't appear to be able to shoot from distance, although Portis seems unfazed by that. Do you see a future for Felicio or is he lost money? By the way, it's not my money so I don't begrudge him his cash. The race to the lottery is back on, let's get Dunn and Markkanen back and see what happens. Greg Young

Joakim Noah #13 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors on January 23, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

Since Asik just got dealt, it got me thinking about Noah, Rose, & Deng. Clearly they're all (way) passed their prime. Basically useless nowadays. But could you see Thibs making any effort to scoop up one or more of them, teaming them up with Taj and Buckets? At least they know his system. Noah as a 5th string big man to help Towns. Rose to help Crawford as a cheap scorer in that second unit. Plus the lakers might be willing to throw in some draft stuff for someone to take on Deng's contract.Paul Giuntoli

DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on January 24, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I'm not a big fan of Boogie Cousin's attitude in the NBA but you can't deny his talent. I can only recall a couple of Achilles tears in the NBA and those involved older players on their way out of the league. How do you think Cousin's will fair in his return from that injury at a relatively young age? Is there a quiet fear around the league of this jeopardizing his career or is this an injury a younger man can bounce back from?Dawn Parker

Bob McAdoo #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns during a game circa 1988 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.

Every time people talk about the "modern" NBA player, they're talking about tall guys (forwards and centers) that can stretch the floor and shoot threes. How modern is this really? I remember a guy named Larry Bird that did pretty well. Just curious if you think modern NBA players research and watch his game to add to their own? I know most of these guys know more about bball history than I've forgotten, but I'm curious. Broc Power

Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 31, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

I'm having a hard time understanding the reason why Robin Lopez is being shopped around. He's only 29, a very serviceable big man who's durable which every team needs, his salary is pretty low in today's standards plus we'd receive no one notable in return. His teammates seem to enjoy his presence and he does exactly what's asked without ever complaining. I also think he's more well rounded than Brook who's one dimensional.Jay Choi

Head Coach Tom Thibodeau of the Minnesota Timberwolves

How many years of life did Tom Thibodeau lose after his TWolves gave up 140 to the Cavs?Mark Zylstra