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.

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.

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