The New Orleans Pelicans have completed a trade. No, not that one.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Pelicans have acquired Markieff Morris from the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
In exchange for Morris, the Wizards will receive two-way player Wesley Johnson.
Wesley Johnson is heading to Washington for Markeff Morris. https://t.co/QTOkOaENg8— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
In the past week, the Wizards have been adamant on competing for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, a freak accident caused John Wall to rupture his Achilles, and will subsequently keep him out of action for the next 12 months.
Washington now appears to have switched their approach for the remainder of the season, as they look to build draft capital with their star point guard out for the better part of a year. Not only that, but to fall under the luxury tax threshold. Even with that method, they reportedly have no plans on moving Bradley Beal at the deadline.
Sources: The Wizards have moved off Otto Porter and Markieff Morris tonight to go under luxury tax threshold --- but have no plans to move All-Star Bradley Beal before the deadlne.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
Earlier on Wednesday, the Wizards sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round draft pick.
Through 34 games this season, Morris has averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. As for Johnson, he's posting 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.6 assists a night through 26 games.