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Wizards agree to trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans for Wesley Johnson

11 February 2019

So when The Athletic's Shams Charania reported a trade Wednesday night sending Markieff Morris and a second round pick to New Orleans and Wesley Johnson to the nation's capital, figuring out the ramifications of such a low-drama deal was important to understanding it.

Morris is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Wizards, who earlier Wednesday traded forward Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago.

Morris on the other hand had started 15 games this season before a neck injury had him sidelined since December. The Pelicans will also receive the Wizards 2023 second round pick as well.

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The Wizards seemingly made this deal for financial reasons, while the Pelicans likely just wanted to take a flyer on a potential impact player.

Beal is averaging a career-high 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37 minutes per game this season. He's expected to miss about six weeks.

The key to this trade is that Morris makes almost $2.5 million more than Johnson.

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Morris could see considerable playing time in New Orleans if the Pelicans follow through on not playing Davis until he is traded, even if that lasts the rest of the season.

Washington is 22-32 and four games back of the Heat after a 148-129 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.

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Wizards agree to trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans for Wesley Johnson