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.
On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined Anthony Herron (NBC Sports), David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) to discuss the madness in Chicago this weekend.
The panel breaks down the crazy draft night for both the Blackhawks and Bulls while wondering if Tom Thibodeau fleeced Gar/Pax.
Then, Mark Buehrle had his number retired on Saturday. Even Kap loved it.
Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast now.
From the NBA Draft and a crazy Jimmy Butler trade to...Dwyane Wade's questionable fashion choices?
Just another Bulls offseason.
D-Wade and wife Gabrielle Union are vacationing in Paris and the Bulls guard was photographed with a ridiculous doggie man purse thing:
Here's another shot:
Now, take my assessments of "questionable" and "ridiculous" with a grain of salt given I know nothing about fashion (I still wear American Eagle shirts I wore in high school), but c'mon now.
The only thing more absurd than the bag is the cost: $2,600 (!!!!!!!).
$2,600? That's 10 Bulls games at the 100 level! That's a quarter of the Bulls' home slate.
Then again, Butler wore a fanny pack when arriving in Minnesota with his new team:
Here's another shot of Mr. G Buckets' fanny pack:
Also, here are a couple photos of D-Wade and Butler having a grand ole time while chillin' in Paris:
This has been your pointless Chicago sports news of the day. Back to regularly scheduled programming.