The New Orleans Pelicans release Markieff Morris

  • The New Orleans Pelicans release Markieff Morris

The New Orleans Pelicans release Markieff Morris

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has acquired forward Markieff Morris and a 2023 second round draft pick from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Wesley Johnson. The trade will have to be approved by the league office before becoming official.

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

Johnson is averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds off the bench. Johnson has only appeared in two games since the start of the calendar year. He saw 3 and 4 minutes in those games respectively.

Morris has an injury and is going to get another evaluation on his neck.

In 34 games this season, Morris is averaging 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. He's expected to miss about six weeks.

Both players are now on expiring contracts, but the Pelicans will have Morris' Bird rights so it will be interesting to see what they do with that this summer.

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

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.