Wizards trade Markieff Morris to get under luxury tax

Wizards agree to trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans for Wesley Johnson

Pelicans acquire Markieff Morris

The Wizards reportedly sent forward Otto Porter Jr.to the Bulls and Markieff Morris to the Pelicans in separate trades Wednesday.

The Washington Wizards are tearing it all the way down. The Pelicans will also receive the Wizards 2023 second round pick as well.

This is the second trade the Wizards made Wednesday.

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Johnson, 6-7, 215, who was originally acquired by New Orleans in a trade with the L.A. Clippers on October 15, appeared in 26 games (13 starts), averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Johnson, meanwhile, has only appeared in 26 games this year for the Pelicans. He saw 3 and 4 minutes in those games respectively.

Morris is now out after suffering a neck injury in January.

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Beal is averaging a career-high 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37 minutes per game this season. His original prognosis was six weeks after being diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia. If the timeline holds true, Morris will be evaluated after the all-star break.

For the cost of taking on a little more money, the Pelicans picked up a draft pick four years in the future.

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. If anything does break, rest assure the people here at Pelican Debrief will be one of the first to cover it.

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