James Johnson sent to the D-League

Per the Bulls email press release:

The
Chicago Bulls announced today the team has assigned forward James Johnson to
the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League (D-League).

"Assigning
James to the D-League gives him an opportunity to play an extended amount of
minutes and will be good for his overall growth,"
said Chicago
Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.

Johnson
(6-9, 245) has appeared in 12 games this season and averaged 3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg,
1.2 apg in 10.2 mpg and has shot .425 from the field.  Last season, during
his rookie campaign, Johnson played in 65 games (11 starts) and posted averages
of 3.9 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 11.6 mpg and shot .452 from the floor and .729 from
the free throw line.   

Johnson
played two seasons at Wake Forest and was selected by Chicago in the first
round (16th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

Given that Johnson wasn't playing here anyway, I can't see a whole lot of harm in this move.  He wasn't even in during emergency issues anymore.

Maybe he'll get a chance to find his grove in the D-League, but more than likely, this means Johnson's a bust who will never be heard from again.  The D-League is the kiss of death as the level of competition is very low and not team oriented.

Very few successful players have ever had a stint in the D-:League as if you're even remotely close to successful, you typically get a shot in the NBA.   That said, Johnson has shown some success at the NBA level at times, and he's shown commitment to his body by getting into tremendous physical condition.

We'll see if he can buck the trend and rebuild some value.

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  • Doug,

    How was your trip back from Iowa? Did you drop James Johnson off safely?

    Hopefully, your shared hug good-bye wasn't too tough on you or him.

    lol

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The article was lately simply because I couldn't stop crying.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    nice!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    ..just hope jj can gain some confidence playing in the d-league and this experience would have a positive outcome for the bulls' future..this kid's got too much talent to waste..

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    ..just hope jj can gain some confidence playing in the d-league and this experience would have a positive outcome for the bulls' future..this kid's got too much talent to waste..

  • Hasheem Thabeet spent time in the D-League and came back. So there is hope for JJ.

  • In reply to TheRedPlanet:

    Lots of guys come back, but none of them come back and are any good. Including, so far, Thabeet.

  • In reply to TheRedPlanet:

    Thabeet came back as bad as he was when he got sent there. Dude is horrible, he might be a #2 pick but I wouldn't trade him straight up for Asik.

  • This puts a big blow to all those James Johnson for Carmelo Anthony fantasy trades that a regular forum troll consistently bombards us with.

  • How can Bulls be so Wrong?

    Just wondering, how could the Chicago Bulls (and Sam Smith also) have been so wrong in their assessment of James Johnson?

    I agree with others who have said going to the D League is normally a one way journey. Europe is always an option I suppose.

    Does this leave an open slot on the roster or any more maneuverability for improvements at shooting guard?

    I wish JJ the best.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    Maybe the relied too heavily on Doug's scouting report on JJ?

  • I read that James Johnson requested to go there for 2 weeks, so he'll probably be back around the All-Star period. I think he's gonna be coming off the bench for now cause Stanley Robinson from UCONN and some other guys just got there who are also forwards so JJ should have some competition when he gets there. It's gonna be amazing to see how this process turns out. But I'm definitely gonna check out some of those Iowa Energy games now since they're free to watch on NBA.com.

  • That is very disappointing! I really had hope for JJ but he never could get it together!
    What does this mean in regards to his salary and what open spot(s)/$ do we have? I hope this means we will be getting a backup PG.
    How much did JJ make on the Bulls and how much does he make now?
    I'm an accountant I know I have lots of financial questions here! :-)

  • In reply to smiley:

    JJ makes $1,713,600 this season guaranteed & $1,833,120 next season guaranteed. Where he plays does not change anything. We have had 2 open spots on roster all season. Bulls just are not filling them. Bulls are still about $1.2 million under salary cap for 2010-11

  • In reply to bulls6:

    Thanks for the info bulls6!
    Why didn't we take chances on Kwame Brown and Shaun Livingston? SL being a 6'7" PG from local Peoria who blew out his knee in one of the worst accidents I have seen prob other then stuff on the show Scared!

    Brown while a bone head and with small hands is a 6'11" center with good athletism and size at around 270!

    Also Tracy McGrady would have been a safe bet at the minimum but he is now starting PG in Detroit and like Kurt Thomas here using his basketball IQ since his body isn't anywhere close to what he used to be!

    I really wish we would have brought these guys in, at the minimum why not???

    Wow well unless JJ turns it around quick that $1.8M next year will be his last NBA paycheck, pays being drafted early with that guaranteed $! Wish the NBA didn't have this guaranteed $, it is so hard to break into the NBA then you have players that got huge contracts like McGrady, Redd on the Bucks, the list goes on... and they cripple their franchise for years to come and hurt attendence and the team can't get better because they have all this $ tied into a player that doesn't play or isn't worth anywhere near what they are getting paid! Very sad!

  • In reply to smiley:

    James Johnson IMO in basketball terms is a tweener, which means he has potential but is more on the bust side of being a basketball player. I mean yes he had a very few good games whike with the Bulls but lets be honest here, anybody that thought he had a chance with his too often inconsistent play, I don't know what to say about thoughts like that. Hopefully he will find his niche in the D league and find his way back to the NBA One day. And I really do hope this is the start of the Bulls trying to make some championship run moves cause waiting for next year isn't always the best route for NBA teams. The Bulls are still one more good scorer away from contending and IMO I Think they should make a big move this year cause the defense is there and whether people want to admit it or not, they are one step away from being a true contender.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    But waiting until next year is a Chicago tradition!!!

  • In reply to saigman:

    Yeah I know, that's why a lot of Chicago teams don't get too far as far as contending for championships. I mean who knows Rose could have a serious injury next year and I'm not trying to bring any bad luck towards him and in the words of what Rose said himself only a different question... why can't the Bulls try to contend this year in possibly a MVP year for him?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Bulls management need to ask themselves that question as well cause everyone is taking serious notice to the Bulls. But we all know it will always come down to money... the EASY EXCUSE.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    For all of you O.J. Mayo fans, he has been suspended for 10 games for testing positive for a banned substance. I guess he's not ready to leave the minor leagues yet meaning he's not ready to be a winner yet.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    For all of you O.J. Mayo fans, he has been suspended for 10 games for testing positive for a banned substance. I guess he's not ready to leave the minor leagues yet meaning he's not ready to be a winner yet.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Doug, I wouldn't go so far as to call the D-League the kiss of death. There are plenty of solid NBA pros who have spent time in the D-League (including our own CJ Watson). Guys like Rafer Alston and Matt Barnes started there, and others like Aaron Brooks, Jordan Farmar, etc., were sent down from the NBA during their first couple of years like JJ. This will be a chance for JJ to show his determination to improve and succeed, and if he can't do this in the D-League he certainly wouldn't have done it in the NBA. So to me, this is a win-win situation and long overdue.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_Development_League

  • In reply to Reese1:

    hello,
    i m a bulls fan and i plan to come to chicago.
    i need some advices...
    where is the best place to stay(shopping,restaurants,sightseeing,...)?
    and if i buy tickets in the 300's row, will i see something???
    thanks for your tips...

  • In reply to pitou:

    get 200 level at the least

    stop by "The Beer Bistro" near the United Center

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Thanks...
    I booked my tickets against suns and celtics...
    A dream come true...
    I ll get a beer there!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Rose has Ulcers, and So Do We

    First, get well wishes to Derrick Rose.

    Second, let's hope that the Bulls come to realize that the health of your superstar is not a given. Aside from Carmelo Anthony fantasies, this Bulls team can win now with a strong shooting guard (is there one available?).

    If the Bulls were willing to go over the sacred salary cap, is there a shooting guard available right now that would significantly improve the Bulls?

    Bulls management needs to understand that the health of their superstar is not a given. Let's win this year, or at least try win with a strong point guard acquisition.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    Exactly why I say that they cannot hang everything on next year cause nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the players health. Hope Rose feels better.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    looks like Noah has to keep his hand in a hard cast until monday, imobilizing his hand. The doctor apparently was upset he had been lifting weights this whole time, guess he wasn't supposed to do that. Might be a minor setback. Now it seems like Feb 23rd is the most reasonable expectation.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    About JJ, just wish they could have sent him down there at the beginning of the month. The Bulls have been playing so often, haven't had much time to practice. That would have been the perfect time for JJ to get some action. With all these days off coming up, I'm sure he could have gotten a lot more time practicing.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    Is there anything doctors can do for ulcers?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    why ?? do u have it ??

  • In reply to deewaves:

    loool

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Rose has Ulcers, and So Do We

    First, get well wishes to Derrick Rose.

    Second, let's hope that the Bulls come to realize that the health of your superstar is not a given. Aside from Carmelo Anthony fantasies, this Bulls team can win now with a strong shooting guard (is there one available?).

    If the Bulls were willing to go over the sacred salary cap, is there a shooting guard available right now that would significantly improve the Bulls?

    Bulls management needs to understand that the health of their superstar is not a given. Let's win this year, or at least try win with a strong point guard acquisition.

  • It seems there is some disconnect between Thibs and the front office here. Otherwise, the FO picked up his option cynically as a trading option rather than hoping for anything else. I know VDN didn't play him much too. But, VDN let him guard LeBron during playoffs...
    Everybody knows he was behind in his development but this is a big time draft error if Gar/Pax decided he cannot play now i.e. cannot even play over Bogans or 5/8 mins to spell Deng.

    I am guessing this is an non-official declaration that he is a bust..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think Bulls fully intend to trade him. This keeps him in playing shape & he can be scouted by interested teams

  • Well the Bulls could have done better with the 16th pick in 2009, but did great with drafting Taj at 26!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_nba_draft

  • In reply to smiley:

    Sure - i always wanted Blair & was quite upset when Bulls passed on him twice.

    It was a very weak draft. No one gets every pick right. We did fine with Noah in 2007 & Rose in 2008, so if we have to miss one - this is a good one to miss

  • In reply to bulls6:

    I think it was a strong, deep draft. Roddy "Lightning Rod" Beaubois would have looked nice, he came off the board right before Taj.

  • In reply to smiley:

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/CHI/2011.html

    The PER 36 minute stats are interesting.

  • In reply to saigman:

    Only if the NBA adopts the summer league foul rule of 10 a game.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Do you think it is easier to teach someone not to reach in so often, or to score, rebound, assist and block shots???

    On a PER 36 basis, JJ blows Bogans away. Not saying that JJ shouldn't have gone to D-League (I think it is the best for him at this point), but it has to make people wonder why the frell Bogans is still playing so often, let alone starting.

    And don't give me the BS about defense. He hasn't been tangibly better than Brewer, for d@mn sure, and you'd need to show me some strong evidence to say he has been better than either Korver or Watson. Especially considering he's turned the creation of 3pt plays out of routine 2pts for the opposition into an artform. This would get JJ (or any number of players on the team) benched for games on end. But every time the starting lineup is announced, there is good ol' KB.

    Finally, I'd have stomach ulcers too if I was continually double-teamed on offense, and couldn't pass to a SG because he couldn't S.

  • In reply to saigman:

    I heard that the pacers are ready to trade TJ Ford. I think it would be a good move if the bulls get him. In my mind, Watson isn't a PG, he doesn't play the point very well. Ford is going to be a perfect back-up for Rose. I think charlotte pick should be enough to get him.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    The backup point guard position isn't important enough to be spending valuable first rounders on. Especially not when Watson, while not really a PG, is doing a reasonable job.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    u might be right that Ford doesn't worth that pick. Though I think Watson isn't playing well as a PG. Everytime Rose get off the court, bulls loose their leads. The ball mouvement isn't good when watson runs the game.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    The Bulls tend to hold leads decently with Watson on the floor, as much as any team does when their star player sits. Nobody you can reasonably bring in will make the team play as well without Rose as it does when he's out there.

    I don't mind if the Bulls decide to address the backup point situation in the off season, but I wouldn't give up any assets to do so.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    he's too little, the D would be a liability with him on the court

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    ok, but i really think that bulls are very lazy when its come to trade. Just look how they missed Peja Stejakovich. There's also a rumor that Richard Hamilton could cancel his contract with pistons. If he is free, I'm sure that GarPax won't TRY to get him. they've to wake up !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Peja was a wink wink deal with the Mavs

    PLEASE BULLS, PLEASE, ABSOLUTELY NO RIP HAMILTON!!!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    why don't u like Hamilton ?? I mean if we can get him at a reasonnable price after his buyout ?!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    he is nowhere near the player he once was, I personally have not liked him since he was at UCONN and I called for them to upset Duke in the Championship, and he cannot except a lesser role. He was even having trouble in Detroit while he was still playing. Mostly personal. I don't like that little side dribble he does on free trows, I don't like his face mask that he wears even though there is nothing physically wrong with his face, other than, you know, he's ugly. I think he bitches too much, and he's a punk. I think he would be terrible for chemistry as I've seen many of our current players mocking him while on the bench. But still, despite all that he really isn't that good anymore.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    loool. It looks like u really hate him lol. you take it too personnal(Ugly,punk). Anyway u are right when u say he isn't that good anymore. I've just looked his numbers. Damn he is shooting 0,40 FG% the last 2 years. I thought he was better than that.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I would take Rip. He is basically an older Kyle Korver in my opinion. He is not the SG we need as a starter. He can be a rotation player and play when Korver is not shooting well or play to get some offense. Other than that, I don't see other issues as big issues...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    schamburgfan,

    CHEMISTRY, is a big issue ;)

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Just wanted to make clear that D.Rose's ulcers were caused by a combination of too may sour gummy worms, purple skittles and sezchaun chicken consumed while watching dexter. I have talked with him and he has promised to lower his intake.

    The D-league will do nothing for James Johnson. But, at least I don't have to watch him cheer lead every night.

    Signed,

    Big Sexy

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and Kyle Korver shoots the 3 a lot better

  • In reply to deewaves:

    the ugly was a joke, the punk wasn't. I don't want a punk on my team disrupting chemistry

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Rose #5 overall in All-Star voting behind LeBron, Wade, Howard, & Kobe

    Way to rally Chicago fans! Rose deserved this & so did we.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    yeah the numbers of votes he had shows that he is a superstar(not only an allstar). Rose for MVP

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Who wears #1 for the All-Star East team?

    Rose or Amare! Stoudemire?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Rose should wear #1. He got more votes. Fair is fair.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    but Stoudemire has more experience & more all-star appearences

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I doubt Rip is so upset with not playing that he'll willingly give up 2.5 seasons of nearly 11 million dollars a year. No way he agrees to a buyout.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Don't make assumptions without knowing the truth. Gar/Pax do a lot of things without a lot of fanfare. The Bulls need a SG type rather than a backup PG. Watson is enough for 10/15 mins. Rip might still be in the discussion if he gets a buy-out.
    Ideally the Bulls want a player like OJ Mayo, Affalo, Lee..young, talented but experienced and can grow with Rose and Noah and is in kind of a flux situation. They are not going to get Eric Gordon or Steph Curry types nor will they want expensive guys like Jamal Crawford, Jason Richardson types.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I agree we are lazy with trades and waiting till next year isn't a good rule of thumb. Yes we don't have much available to offer another team in a trade but we don't need much help either other then a backup PG and to glue Bogan's shorts to the bench! I agree that Watson isn't a great backup PG, much more of a small SG but there is a good chance he starts tomorrow with Rose's stomach & back problems.

  • In reply to saigman:

    per 36's aren't bad, especially notice the reb (7+) & blks & stls (5+ combined)

    also, his team is averaging a +7.9 pts per 48 minutes he plays

    He really helped you win 2 games this year, I do not understand why he wasn't given more of a chance.

    Maybe he gets one at another point this year.

  • I understand also that JJ requested the move. Bulls are not holding many workouts since their schedule is cluttered & Johnson never plays. there is a danger he will lose his conditioning.

    Also, if Bulls are planning a trade, prospective teams can observe JJ playing. They certainly will not get that opportunity if he stays on Bulls.

    Maybe the upcoming roadtrip was also a factor. The Bulls save travel expenses for him by shipping him out

  • I just hope he doesn't come back to bite us like Shannon Brown or JR Smith in terms of talent evaluation...athletic guys who blossomed elsewhere.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I'm sure JJ will blossom somewhere else!
    You always have a place in your heart for very athletic guys who take a few years to get their feet under them!
    I still would love to have TT here but he seems to be doing decent in Charlotte!
    Still wish we didn't do the draft trade with Portland and had Aldridge as our young PF, no offense to Boozer but him and even Chandler....Artest...Brand...etc good players are not always a good match for a team even if they are good, we did let a few players slip threw that are doing good elsewhere as every team does I guess.

  • JJ is the only first rounder ever sent to D-League by Bulls.
    I understand that it is at his request

  • My gut tells me his future is with another team ... on another continent.

  • I just hope it can work out here

    I like his intangibles. I like how good of a teammate he appears to be. I like his easy going personality. He seems like a great guy, always laughing & cheering on his teammates. I would love having him & his blackbelt on the court to intimidate guys and get Rose's back.

    I just Thibs would stick him in there with Rose a little bit. I think those 2 would fit well together in the backcourt.

  • It's pretty clear that the drugs haven't been performance enhancing for him.

  • I've said all year the only chance is that he gets traded to a bad team that doesn't mind giving him consistent minutes whether he produces or not.

    Biggest problem for someone giving him a shot is what is his upside? He seems like he could be a good defender if you could get him to stop fouling but I doubt his offensive game is ever any good.

  • He just seems like what we need. We don't need a starter, we just need a rotation guy. We don't have a tremendous amount of length, and we certainly don't have a lot of athleticism. He combines both in a way that I don't think we have otherwise.

    And how often are we going to have a 16th pick talent wise? Maybe once in the next ten years if we don't trade for one (Charlotte).

  • That makes a lot of sense. And I'm sure he's taken anti-inflamitories for other things besides his back. You usually doesn't talk about such injuries.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Well, he is pooh bear. Eating all those sweets can cause ulcers.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Maybe we can trade JJ for OJ Mayo. I remember when people lambasted schaumburgfan, I think for bringing up the fact OJ got caught with drugs. I guess its a little bit more than just idle chatter now. League just handed down a 10 game suspension.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    Mayo got caught taking a supplement you can get at GNC. Creatine isn't even allowed for christs sake. I'd hardly make character judgments on this failed test.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    You must be kidding me. Of course I can and will make character judgments based on this test. Maybe in the twilight of the drug test era, when people weren't sure what drugs were in what supplement, that would be an excuse. Now ever team has a nutritionist, and most athletes have their own personal meal planner. Athletes are taught to know what they are putting in their systems. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. I respect your opinions, but this is one topic where you are truly lost. And if he truly didn't know, I will apologize to him, because that would mean he isn't trying to gain an advantage, he is just a complete moron.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    I'm actually surprised a major sporting entity (MLB & NFL moreso than NBA) hasn't gotten into the formal endorsement of a sports supplement.

    I'm guessing that if younger athletes (HS) were looking for a way to gain an edge in football, for example, taking the official supplement of the NFL would probably be a logical path to take.

    Not only would it be a new revenue stream, it would actually encourage athletes to take 'clean' products.

    As for knowing or not knowing what to take, it depends on the list the league gives you. I've read that the list MLB used to hand out only listed ingredients, and not necessarily the names of 'known bad' products; which makes it tougher (especially for non-English speakers) for athletes.

    Now, if there was a specific list saying something like 'MEGA MAN BUILDER = BANNED', and then someone takes it, they are totally at fault.

  • I say we get him while his stock is at a all time low.
    Say yes to Mayo Pax! :-)

  • MAYO FOR JJ STRAIGHT UP!!!!!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'd be curious to know what type of steroid it was that was found. Was it an anti-inflammatory (if so, I'd be inclined to say 'so what' in the grand scheme)? Or, was it something closer to muscle builders (major red flag)?

  • Not good.

    Thanks for the info!

  • PLENTY of players come back from the D-League....shoot CJ Watson is one of them. My question is.....why did it take so long to do this???? This should of been done A LONG TIME AGO.

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