Breaking: Wizards trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans for Wesley Johnson
The Washington Wizards have traded Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson.
Hearing Pelicans will send Wesley Johnson to Washington for Markieff Morris, per sources.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) February 7, 2019
Morris, 29 years old, has been out since December 28 due to a neck injury. According to reports, Morris is looking to return after the All-Star break. He hasn’t been cleared for full-contact practice yet.
On the season, Morris is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds across 26 minutes per game. He is shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the 3-point country and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. He has only played 34 games this year so far, 15 of which were part of the starting five.
The Pelicans will be Morris’ third team in his nine-year stint in the league. He was the 13th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2011 NBA Draft. With the Suns, he had an opportunity to play alongside his twin brother, Marcus Morris of the Boston Celtics.
With the Wizards, he became an important part of the team’s playoff runs in 2017 and 2018. Apart from his innate 3-point shooting ability, his mobility despite his hefty 6-foot-10 frame gave him the ability to defend almost any player of the opposing team.
The Pelicans, meanwhile, are giving away Johnson along with his 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.