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Toronto trades first-round pick for James Johnson

Feb 22, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

James Johnson

According to Ric Bucher and Nick Fridell of ESPN, the Toronto Raptors have acquired Chicago Bulls forward James Johnson in exchange for the Miami Heat’s 2011 first-round pick, which the Raptors owned.

On the surface, this trade looks like a huge win for the Bulls. James Johnson is young and athletic, but he can’t shoot, his playmaking skills are limited, and he was barely getting minutes for the Bulls. Miami’s pick will likely be very late in the first round, and this is supposed to be an extremely weak draft, but there’s always the chance of grabbing a Landry Fields, Kyle Korver, Marcus Thornton with a later pick, and sometimes teams hit home runs with a player like Michael Redd, Gilbert Arenas, or Manu Ginobili.

Since Toronto already has plenty of wing players, this deal doesn’t appear to make a lot of sense for them, but they apparently believe in Johnson, and this is a very weak draft. We’ll see if this move pays off for the Raptors.

  1. d57fan - Feb 22, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    How much longer til Colangelo is FIRED?? Please….

    • borderline1988 - Feb 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      Agreed.
      Colangelo came into one of the most promising young teams in 2006, with an up and coming superstar and the number one overall pick, with some good pieces around.
      In 4 years, there’s been nothing but bad moves and disappointment.

      Looking at the way the Nuggets made out like bandits with the Anthony move, it pisses me off even more that the Raptors didn’t get anything for Bosh. At least with Cleveland, you can argue that it was worth waiting to see what Lebron would do.
      But everyone knew that Bosh was leaving. How could they let him leave for nothing? Colangelo should be remembered as trigger happy and an over-reacher. Just has a poor, poor vision and bad penchant for evaluating basketball talent.

  2. pudgalvin - Feb 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    I would think this pick would be heading straight to Cleveland for Anthony Parker. I know Rose fell into Paxson’s (or Gar’s I suppose) lap, but this is a pretty impressive group he’s put together and he deserves a lot of the credit.

  3. philtration - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    This was a steal for the Bulls.
    James Johnson was doing nothing here in Chicago and the Bulls other 1st round pick from that draft (Taj Gibson) has worked out very well.
    To get a 1st round pick in return, even a low 1st rounder, was great move.

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