NBA Fan House is reporting that the Chicago Bulls are going to send former 1st round pick James Johnson down to D-League.
James Johnson, selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft is expected to be assigned to the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy on Thursday, according to a source close to the situation.
Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Wake Forest, has played in 12 games for the Bulls this season with his last being a Jan. 4 contest against the Toronto Raptors in which he played three minutes and recorded no statistics. In 71 career NBA regular season games — including 11 starts — Johnson’s averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in just over 11 minutes per game.
Johnson has been consistently rumored to be on the Bulls’ trading block but has yet to produce enough as a pro to justify to another team that he’s worth taking a chance on. Even at the Vegas Summer League, a setting in which a first-round pick should typically excel, Johnson averaged just 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.4 personal fouls in 28 minutes per game (players are allowed 10 fouls in the Summer League). Even worse, Johnson made less than 33 percent of his attempts from the field, most of which came in a game against the Sacramento Kings in which he made just two of his 14 shot attempts.