Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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Pelicans releasing Markieff Morris (neck), Lakers interested if healthy

Pelicans releasing Markieff Morris (neck), Lakers interested if healthy

The Wizards are wheeling and dealing before Thursday's trade deadline.

The Wizards have made multiple roster moves.

New Orleans Pelicans small forward Markieff Morris will reportedly seek a second opinion on his neck injury, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The Washington Wizards are tearing it all the way down.

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.

The key to this trade is that Morris makes almost $2.5 million more than Johnson. By getting rid of him for Johnson, the Wizards saved $2.5 million, which got them out of the luxury tax for next season by $200,000.

For the cost of taking on a little more money, the Pelicans picked up a draft pick four years in the future. Johnson has only appeared in two games since the start of the calendar year.

Morris, 6-10, 245, has appeared in 34 games (15 starts) this season for Washington, averaging 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.0 minutes per contest. With the trade of Porter and now Morris, Washington is $232,000 below the threshold. He is shooting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc in the 14.5 minutes per game when he has played.

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