Bulls trade James Johnson to Raptors


Bulls trade James Johnson to Raptors

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
Posted 5:13 p.m. Updated 5:45 p.m.

By Aggrey Sam

It isn't exactly the same magnitude of the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony deal, but the Bulls were active on the trade front Tuesday.

Second-year forward James Johnson was traded to the Toronto Raptors for a 2011 first-round draft pick. The pick was originally acquired from Miami as compensation for losing All-Star forward Chris Bosh in free agency.

Johnson, the Bulls' 2009 first-round draft pick and 16th overall, was recalled from a D-League assignment with the Iowa Energy last week. The 6-foot-9 Wake Forest product averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13 games this season, but had seen limited action since early in the season. Johnson averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 65 games, including 11 starts, as a rookie last season.

Johnson's trade coincides with Monday's AOL Fanhouse report that the Bulls were set to work out four D-League players, though each of the quartet is a shooting guard. Thursday is the NBA's trade deadline.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.