According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse:
“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. … With a trip to Des Moines, Johnson will have a chance to show that he’s worth taking a flier on by another team if coach Tom Thibodeau can’t find a spot for him in his rotation.”
This is welcome news as far as I’m concerned. Yes, J.J. is wildly inconsistent and couldn’t crawl any further in Thibodeau’s doghouse if he was wearing a collar and eating Alpo straight from the can. But — if the Bulls want him to develop any trade value or actually become a contributing member of the team — he should be playing basketball, not watching it.