Wizards deal Markieff Morris to Pelicans

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

The Wizards have made multiple roster moves.

The Wizards reportedly sent forward Otto Porter Jr.to the Bulls and Markieff Morris to the Pelicans in separate trades Wednesday. The Pelicans will also receive Washington's 2023 second-round pick in the trade. Both Johnson, 31, and Morris, 29, are in the a year ago of their contracts, as well, so they will not be long for their new teams. Originally selected by Minnesota with the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Syracuse, Johnson has appeared in 597 career regular season games (334 starts) with Minnesota, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, L.A. Clippers and New Orleans, averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists. By getting rid of him for Johnson, the Wizards saved $2.5 million, which got them out of the luxury tax for next season by $200,000. The main catch in the deal is the future pick the Pelicans will receive as they are basically swapping players on expiring deals but getting a pick back for nearly nothing. Dealing future draft picks has been commonplace for the Wizards, who will not own their second-round pick until at least 2024.

Washington is not expected to deal guard Bradley Beal before Thursday's trade deadline, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Before the injury, Morris had been averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Johnson has only appeared in two games since the start of the calendar year. He is shooting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc in the 14.5 minutes per game when he has played.

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