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Pelicans finally make a trade, just not the one everyone expected

Pelicans finally make a trade, just not the one everyone expected

The Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans have had two of the more chaotic seasons among National Basketball Association teams this year.

The Washington Wizards have traded forward Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans for forward Wesley Johnson, the teams announced Wednesday night.

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.

Markieff Morris is making $8.6 million this season, the final year of his contract. Dealing future draft picks has been commonplace for the Wizards, who will not own their second-round pick until at least 2024.

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It had been reported the New Orleans Pelicans were also fielding offers for forwards Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic so the Pelicans may not be done just yet before the trade deadline expires on Thursday.

'Kieff averaged 22.7 FanDuel points over 34 games (15 starts) for the Wizards this season, with 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 triples per contest.

Johnson, meanwhile, has only appeared in 26 games this year for the Pelicans. He is shooting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc in the 14.5 minutes per game when he has played.