Pelicans’ Markieff Morris will seek another opinion on neck injury

Wizards agree to trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans for Wesley Johnson

After keeping Anthony Davis around past the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline, the Pelicans will likely soon have to say goodbye to their franchise superstar.

Morris was acquired from the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, but the Pelicans are rebuilding and already have enough bodies in the frontcourt.

The New Orleans Pelicans are releasing forward/center Markieff Morris (neck), reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Pelicans will also receive the Wizards 2023 second round pick as well.

Morris is now out after suffering a neck injury in January.

Francisco Lindor Out 7 To 9 Weeks With Right Calf Strain
He signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with Cleveland in January, and will be arbitration eligible in both 2020 and 2021. In a statement the Indians said Lindor suffered the injury working out over the weekend in Orlando, his offseason home.

The Wizards have made multiple roster moves. Before the injury, Morris had been averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. His original prognosis was six weeks after being diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia. Both Johnson, 31, and Morris, 29, are in the past year of their contracts, as well, so they will not be long for their new teams.

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

For the cost of taking on a little more money, the Pelicans picked up a draft pick four years in the future. With the trade of Porter and now Morris, Washington is $232,000 below the threshold.

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