Per the Bulls email press release:
Chicago Bulls announced today the team has assigned forward James Johnson to
the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League (D-League).
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.
(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.
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.