Wizards trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans

Nikola Mirotic Pelicans

Nikola Mirotic Pelicans

The Mirotic exchange will be coupled in with a Wednesday night Bucks trade that was to send center Thon Maker to the Pistons in exchange for forward Stanley Johnson, which Wojnarowski reported but hadn't been officially filed. Morris, 29, has been sidelined since late December with neck stiffness.

Davis injured his left index finger in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on January 18th, causing him to miss the ensuing three weeks of play.

"This trade gives us a veteran wing player and former first round pick in Wesley who will add experience and shooting to our bench", Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. Morris and Johnson are both free agents after the season.

New Orleans' front office declined to play the six-time All-Star on Monday even though he was deemed healthy, according to an intitial report from Yahoo Sports, which cited unidentified league sources.

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Since the start of the season, Washington has saved $18.3 million toward the luxury tax.

This is the second trade the Wizards made Wednesday.

Obviously in sell-off mode following the trade of Otto Porter Jr. earlier in the day, the Wizards figured that Morris could net them some sort of an asset.

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