Per a realgm user who's posted reliable information in the past:
Latest info I got is that Brendan Haywood has been informed that he
could be going to Chicago for Tyrus Thomas and James Johnson.This comes
from a player my guy represents here in Europe and is close to Brendan.
Well Haywood is definitely the best player in this deal if it's true. This deal also begs for a followup deal involving Brad Miller. If you are left with a front court of Miller, Noah, and Haywood you basically have three centers and the only legit PF on the roster is Gibson.
It would certainly improve the team though as Haywood would give us more toughness and rebounding than we presently have and Tyrus / Johnson isn't doing much for us anyway.
The downside of course is that James Johnson is the only piece in the trade who's got some potential value next season as it's highly unlikely Haywood or Tyrus would return in a year. On the upside, clearing out Johnson's salary would save us over 1 million in cap room next season, and maybe that becomes fairly important when negotiating with a FA.
Of course, counter to that, if there is a sign and trade, a cheap rookie contract potential guy like Johnson might be at least somewhat desirable while not a lot else on the roster has any value whatsoever that teams doing a S&T would look for.
Overall, I think I like it. I loved Johnson's talent level coming out of college, but he hasn't been able to get into NBA condition. There were red flags about his conditioning pre-draft when he measured in as one of the highest percentage of body fat guys at the combine while he should have been under going the hardest training of his life.
While I still think Johnson has potential to become a quite good player in the league his work ethic screams that he won't reach his ceiling, so I'm okay letting him go even for cap room + some improvement this season.
It seems like a feasible deal for the Wizards as well. They get the only long term asset and get a chance to see if they like anything they see in Tyrus over the longhaul.