Barkley: Bulls are best team in the East

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Barkley: Bulls are best team in the East

TNT's Charles Barkley joined the Dan Patrick Show Thursday morning to share his thoughts on the Bulls-Heat matchup and his predictions going into the playoffs.

"I still think the Bulls are the best team in the conference, but if they don't get Derrick Rose back, they're not going to win."

Rose suffered an ankle injury on Sunday during the Bulls' loss to the Knicks and remained in a walking boot to avoid running the risk of worsening the pain. After being sidelined for 12 consecutive games due to a strained groin, Chicago's reigning MVP is once again forced to recover from yet another physical ailment.

Rose returned to practice Wednesday and is listed as a game time decision in Thursday's matchup against Miami.

Looking ahead to the playoffs, Barkley doesn't see the Heat getting very far along without a strong presence from LeBron James. Unlike Chicago's 'Bench Mob', he says Miami doesn't have many other players that can elevate the team to win a ring.

"Unless LeBron James carries that team, they're not going to win the championship -- he's got to be their closer, finisher, everything, he's gotta play unbelievable, he's gotta be the walking triple-double for them to win the championship."

5 at 5: Cubs/Sox All-Star spots, D-Wade's fit and could Patrick Sharp return to Blackhawks?

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5 at 5: Cubs/Sox All-Star spots, D-Wade's fit and could Patrick Sharp return to Blackhawks?

In the debut of 5 at 5, Luke Stuckmeyer and Slavko Bekovic break down the top five Chicago sports storylines right now.

Included is an update on MLB All-Star votes and who from the Cubs and White Sox "deserve" to make the Midsummer Classic. Plus, Stucky and Slav discuss a potential reunion for Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks, Dwyane Wade's fit on the Bulls and what will be the next Chicago sports jersey retired.

Also, who would win a Home Run Derby between the Cubs, White Sox, Nationals and Yankees?

The 5 at 5 on Facebook Live - Debut Episode

MLB All-Star Update: Bryant's in, Avi Garcia's 5th in voting. Which Cubs and White Sox deserve a spot? Welcome to The 5 @ 5 on Facebook Live! Sharp returns? How does D-Wade fit? Next retired Chicago jersey? We cover it all, so join the conversation RIGHT NOW!

Posted by CSN Chicago on Monday, June 26, 2017

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.

The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:

Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.

Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.

The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).