Bulls Bring Johnson Back From D-League

Former Chicago Bulls’ first round draft pick James Johnson has returned to the Bulls after an eight game stint in the developmental league.

In those eight games for the Iowa Energy, Johnson averaged 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.

“It was great,” Johnson told the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson. “It was fun playing again. I think I played well, worked on some things I needed to work on.”

Steve Kyler, of HoopsWorld.com, speculated on Monday on The Score that Johnson’s call up might be an effort to showcase him before trying to move him at the trade deadline as part of a deal that would being an upgrade at shooting guard to the Bulls.

  • Jake from da Burbs

    James Johnson may not amount to anything but a bench player but I’m questioning the evaluation of Johnson and I wish Bulls management and specifically Thibideau would give Johnson more of a chance. He does fit a need of a perimeter player with length and scoring ability. Why not use him in spurts when Korver and Deng are struggling to find their shot?

    I think Johnson could provide an offensive energy the way Brewer provides that same energy defensively. We all know he can score the basketball even though the rest of his game still eludes him . But give Johnson 10 min or so and give Deng a breather once in a while.

    However, if the Bulls management has decided he’s not good enough, then yes the next 10 days or so will be a audition. It will be interesting to see how Thibs handles this.

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