The Wizards are wheeling and dealing before Thursday's trade deadline.
Washington has dealt forward Markieff Morris to the Pelicans, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Pelicans will also receive Washington's 2023 second-round pick in the trade.
Wesley Johnson is heading to Washington for Markeff Morris. https://t.co/QTOkOaENg8— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
Morris is currently out after suffering a neck injury in January. He's expected to miss about six weeks.
The Wizards will receive Wesley Johnson in return. Morris and Johnson are both free agents after the season.
According to The Athletic, this deal puts the Wizards under the tax threshold for 2019-20.
Wizards will send their own 2023 second-rounder to Pelicans along with Morris for Johnson. Washington officially now under the tax threshold for 2019-20 and thus won’t be subject to repeater taxes.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) February 7, 2019
This is the second trade the Wizards made Wednesday. They dealt Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, as well. Washington has also reportedly reached out to the Grizzlies about acquiring Mike Conley or Marc Gasol.
Washington is 22-32 and four games back of the Heat after a 148-129 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.