NBA trade deadline: Pelicans release Markieff Morris after acquiring him from Wizards, report says

first_imgThe Wizardsmade some moves on Wednesday.Washington 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. The Wizards are trading Markieff Morris to the Pelicans, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019Wesley Johnson is heading to Washington for Markeff Morris.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019Morris 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.New Orleans is releasing Morris after picking him up in the deal. Sources: The New Orleans Pelicans are releasing forward Markieff Morris, who is currently dealing with an injury.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2019According 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, 2019This 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 is 22-32 and four games back of the Heat after a 148-129 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.last_img