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1978-79 NBA Transactions

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League Champion: Seattle SuperSonics

Most Valuable Player: Moses Malone (24.8/17.6/1.8)
Rookie of the Year: Phil Ford (15.9/2.3/8.6)

PPG Leader: George Gervin (29.6)
RPG Leader: Moses Malone (17.6)
APG Leader: Kevin Porter (13.4)
WS Leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14.4)

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Transactions listed are from July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.
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Transactions

Date Type From To Transaction
July 8, 1978 Signing NJN DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed Kim Hughes as a veteran free agent and sent a 1980 2nd round draft pick (John Stroud was later selected) to the New Jersey Nets as compensation.

July 10, 1978 Trade KCK DEN

The Kansas City Kings traded Geoff Crompton to the Denver Nuggets for a 1981 4th round draft pick (Kenny Dennard was later selected).

July 15, 1978 Signing SDC GSW

The Golden State Warriors signed Tom Abernethy as a veteran free agent and sent a 1979 2nd round draft pick (Gary Garland was later selected) to the San Diego Clippers as compensation.

July 19, 1978 Trade IND BOS

The Indiana Pacers traded Earl Tatum to the Boston Celtics for a 1980 1st round draft pick (Carl Nicks was later selected).

July 24, 1978 Signing BOS IND

The Indiana Pacers signed Kevin Stacom as a veteran free agent and sent a 1979 3rd round draft pick (Wayne Kreklow was later selected) to the Boston Celtics as compensation.

July 26, 1978 Trade HOU MIL

The Houston Rockets traded C.J. Kupec to the Milwaukee Bucks for a 1979 4th round draft pick (Sammy Drummer was later selected).

August 1, 1978 Signing ATL NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz signed Ron Davis as a free agent.

August 4, 1978 Trade SDC BOS

The San Diego Clippers traded Tiny Archibald, Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight, a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Danny Ainge was later selected) and a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Rod Foster was later selected) to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Kunnert, Kermit Washington, Sidney Wicks and Freeman Williams.

August 8, 1978 Signing WSB BOS

The Boston Celtics signed Joe Pace as a free agent.

August 10, 1978 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Cliff Pondexter.

August 15, 1978 Signing DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Essie Hollis as a free agent.

August 16, 1978 Trade DEN PHI

The Denver Nuggets traded Bobby Jones, Ralph Simpson and a 1984 1st round draft pick (Leon Wood was later selected) to the Philadelphia 76ers for George McGinnis and a 1978 1st round draft pick (Mike Evans was later selected).

August 23, 1978 Signing CHI DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed Phil Hicks as a free agent.

August 24, 1978 Signing CHI LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Derrek Dickey as a free agent.

August 31, 1978 Signing PHI SAS

The San Antonio Spurs signed Glenn Mosley as a free agent.

September 1, 1978 Signing NJN BOS

The Boston Celtics signed Earl Williams as a free agent.

September 1, 1978 Trade IND DEN

The Indiana Pacers traded Mel Bennett to the Denver Nuggets for future considerations.

September 5, 1978 Signing PHI NJN

The New Jersey Nets signed Bob Elliott as a free agent.

September 5, 1978 Signing CLE SEA

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Dick Snyder as a veteran free agent and sent a 1979 3rd round draft pick (Bill Laimbeer was later selected) and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Leonard Mitchell was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers as compensation.

September 7, 1978 Waiver IND

The Indiana Pacers waived Mike Flynn.

September 8, 1978 Signing BOS DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed Tom Boswell as a veteran free agent and sent a 1979 3rd round draft pick (Ernesto Malcolm was later selected) to the Boston Celtics as compensation.

September 8, 1978 Trade DET NJN

The Detroit Pistons traded Eric Money to the New Jersey Nets for Kevin Porter.

September 11, 1978 Waiver IND

The Indiana Pacers waived Ron Behagen.

September 13, 1978 Retirement PHO

Curtis Perry retired from the Phoenix Suns

September 14, 1978 Signing MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Del Beshore as a free agent.

September 14, 1978 Signing GSW KCK

The Kansas City Kings signed Marlon Redmond as a free agent.

September 14, 1978 Signing PHO KCK

The Kansas City Kings signed Billy McKinney as a free agent.

September 14, 1978 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Lars Hansen.

September 14, 1978 Waiver LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Carlos Terry.

September 15, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Al Skinner.

September 18, 1978 Signing KCK MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Kevin Restani as a veteran free agent.

September 19, 1978 Signing PHI SDC

The San Diego Clippers signed Connie Norman as a free agent.

September 19, 1978 Waiver PHI

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Glenn Hagan.

September 20, 1978 Waiver SAS

The San Antonio Spurs waived Gerald Henderson.

September 21, 1978 Signing DET NJN

The New Jersey Nets signed Al Skinner as a free agent.

September 21, 1978 Trade NOJ HOU

The New Orleans Jazz traded Slick Watts to the Houston Rockets for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Danny Schayes was later selected).

September 22, 1978 Waiver ATL

The Atlanta Hawks waived Tony Robertson.

September 22, 1978 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Mel Bennett.

September 25, 1978 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers waived Larry McNeill.

September 29, 1978 Signing SEA NYK

The New York Knicks signed Marvin Webster as a veteran free agent.

October, 1978 Waiver PHO

The Phoenix Suns waived Bob Miller.

October 1, 1978 Waiver NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz waived Ron Davis.

October 2, 1978 Waiver SAS

The San Antonio Spurs waived Mo Layton.

October 2, 1978 Waiver KCK

The Kansas City Kings waived Jeff Cook.

October 3, 1978 Waiver BOS

The Boston Celtics waived Bob Bigelow.

October 4, 1978 Trade NYK SEA

The New York Knicks traded Lonnie Shelton and a 1979 1st round draft pick (Vinnie Johnson was later selected) to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Steve Johnson was later selected). This exchange was arranged as compensation for New York signing veteran free agent Marvin Webster on September 29, 1978.

October 4, 1978 Waiver NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz waived Fred Saunders.

October 4, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Essie Hollis.

October 4, 1978 Waiver ATL

The Atlanta Hawks waived Ollie Johnson.

October 8, 1978 Trade ATL CHI

The Atlanta Hawks traded John Brown and future considerations to the Chicago Bulls for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Craig Shelton was later selected).

October 9, 1978 Trade GSW DET

The Golden State Warriors traded Rickey Green to the Detroit Pistons for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Larry Smith was later selected).

October 10, 1978 Waiver NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz waived Freddie Boyd.

October 10, 1978 Waiver NJN

The New Jersey Nets waived Walter Jordan.

October 11, 1978 Trade PHO BOS

The Phoenix Suns traded Dennis Awtrey to the Boston Celtics for a 1979 2nd round draft pick (Johnny High was later selected).

October 11, 1978 Trade GSW CHI

The Golden State Warriors traded Charles Dudley to the Chicago Bulls for a 1979 2nd round draft pick (Danny Salisbury was later selected).

October 11, 1978 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Norm Van Lier.

October 11, 1978 Waiver PHI

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Ted McClain.

October 11, 1978 Waiver HOU

The Houston Rockets waived Jackie Robinson.

October 11, 1978 Waiver KCK

The Kansas City Kings waived Mike Evans.

October 11, 1978 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Hollis Copeland.

October 11, 1978 Waiver NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz waived John Douglas.

October 12, 1978 Waiver LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers released Derrek Dickey.

October 12, 1978 Trade PHI SDC

The Philadelphia 76ers traded World B. Free to the San Diego Clippers for a 1984 1st round draft pick (Charles Barkley was later selected).

October 12, 1978 Waiver MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Del Beshore.

October 12, 1978 Waiver PHO

The Phoenix Suns waived Ira Terrell.

October 12, 1978 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Phil Hicks.

October 12, 1978 Waiver IND

The Indiana Pacers waived Bob Carrington.

October 12, 1978 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers waived Bill Willoughby.

October 12, 1978 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Mack Calvin.

October 12, 1978 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Clay Johnson.

October 13, 1978 Signing IND DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Ron Behagen as a free agent.

October 13, 1978 Claim PHO CHI

The Chicago Bulls claimed Andre Wakefield on waivers from the Phoenix Suns.

October 15, 1978 Signing KCK DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed John Kuester as a free agent.

October 16, 1978 Claim POR ATL

The Atlanta Hawks claimed Keith Herron on waivers from the Portland Trail Blazers.

October 16, 1978 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Chubby Cox.

October 19, 1978 Trade DET BOS

The Detroit Pistons traded Chris Ford and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Tracy Jackson was later selected) to the Boston Celtics for Earl Tatum.

October 20, 1978 Signing MIL MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Del Beshore as a free agent.

October 20, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Ron Behagen.

October 23, 1978 Trade MIL DET

The Milwaukee Bucks traded Otis Howard to the Detroit Pistons for a 1979 4th round draft pick (Eugene Robinson was later selected).

October 25, 1978 Signing ATL CHI

The Chicago Bulls signed Ollie Johnson as a free agent.

October 26, 1978 Signing BOS SDC

The San Diego Clippers signed Bob Bigelow as a free agent.

October 26, 1978 Signing CHI MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Norm Van Lier as a free agent.

October 26, 1978 Trade SDC CHI

The San Diego Clippers traded Scott Lloyd to the Chicago Bulls for a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Sam Clancy was later selected).

October 26, 1978 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Andre Wakefield.

October 26, 1978 Waiver MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Del Beshore.

October 27, 1978 Signing DET LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Jim Price as a veteran free agent and sent a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Brad Branson was later selected) to the Detroit Pistons as compensation.

October 27, 1978 Signing DET KCK

The Kansas City Kings signed Gus Gerard as a free agent.

October 27, 1978 Waiver LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Brad Davis.

October 30, 1978 Waiver NYK

The New York Knicks waived Butch Beard.

October 30, 1978 Signing PHO NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz signed Ira Terrell as a free agent.

October 30, 1978 Waiver NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz waived Gus Bailey.

November 1, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Robert Hawkins.

November 1, 1978 Signing CHI DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Andre Wakefield as a free agent.

November 1, 1978 Waiver GSW

The Golden State Warriors waived E.C. Coleman.

November 3, 1978 Signing IND POR

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Willie Smith as a free agent.

November 4, 1978 Waiver SEA

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Al Fleming.

November 6, 1978 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers waived Stan Pietkiewicz.

November 10, 1978 Firing NYK

The New York Knicks fired Willis Reed as Head Coach.

November 10, 1978 Hiring NYK

The New York Knicks hired Red Holzman as Head Coach.

November 13, 1978 Signing DEN DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed Phil Hicks as a free agent.

November 14, 1978 Firing BOS

The Boston Celtics fired Tom Sanders as Head Coach.

November 14, 1978 Hiring BOS

The Boston Celtics hired Dave Cowens as Head Coach.

November 14, 1978 Waiver NYK

The New York Knicks waived Greg Bunch.

November 14, 1978 Signing GSW HOU

The Houston Rockets signed E.C. Coleman as a free agent.

November 22, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Otis Howard.

November 24, 1978 Signing DET DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Essie Hollis as a free agent.

November 26, 1978 Waiver HOU

The Houston Rockets waived E.C. Coleman.

November 29, 1978 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Tom Boerwinkle.

December 5, 1978 Waiver GSW

The Golden State Warriors waived Ray Epps.

December 5, 1978 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers waived Connie Norman.

December 5, 1978 Signing SDC

The San Diego Clippers signed John Olive as a free agent.

December 11, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Rickey Green.

December 15, 1978 Signing CHI SEA

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Lars Hansen as a free agent.

December 15, 1978 Signing NYK POR

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Jim McMillian as a veteran free agent and sent a 1979 2nd round draft pick (Kim Goetz was later selected) to the New York Knicks as compensation.

December 15, 1978 Waiver HOU

The Houston Rockets waived Tom Barker.

December 21, 1978 Signing DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Dennis Boyd as a free agent.

December 28, 1978 Waiver SAS

The San Antonio Spurs waived Frankie Sanders.

December 29, 1978 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Dennis Boyd.

January 2, 1979 Signing SDC DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Larry McNeill as a free agent.

January 2, 1979 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Steve Sheppard.

January 5, 1979 Trade NYK NOJ

The New York Knicks traded Spencer Haywood to the New Orleans Jazz for Joe Meriweather.

January 12, 1979 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Phil Hicks.

January 12, 1979 Trade PHO NOJ

The Phoenix Suns traded Marty Byrnes, Ron Lee, a 1979 1st round draft pick (Larry Knight was later selected) and a 1980 1st round draft pick (John Duren was later selected) to the New Orleans Jazz for Truck Robinson.

January 13, 1979 Signing CHI DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Steve Sheppard as a free agent.

January 14, 1979 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Larry McNeill.

January 15, 1979 Waiver BOS

The Boston Celtics waived Earl Williams.

January 15, 1979 Waiver NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz waived Ira Terrell.

January 16, 1979 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Kim Anderson.

January 16, 1979 Signing PHI PHO

The Phoenix Suns signed Ted McClain as a free agent.

January 16, 1979 Trade BOS IND

The Boston Celtics traded Billy Knight to the Indiana Pacers for Rick Robey.

January 17, 1979 Trade BOS SEA

The Boston Celtics traded Dennis Awtrey to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1979 1st round draft pick (Sly Williams was later selected).

January 19, 1979 Signing HOU BOS

The Boston Celtics signed Tom Barker as a free agent.

January 19, 1979 Signing SAS BOS

The Boston Celtics signed Frankie Sanders as a free agent.

January 19, 1979 Waiver SEA

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Lars Hansen.

January 22, 1979 Waiver MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Norm Van Lier.

January 25, 1979 Signing ATL MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Sam Smith to the first of two 10-day contracts.

January 30, 1979 Trade BOS GSW

The Boston Celtics traded Jo Jo White to the Golden State Warriors for a 1979 1st round draft pick (Larry Demic was later selected).

January 31, 1979 Trade CLE ATL

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Terry Furlow to the Atlanta Hawks for Butch Lee and a 1983 1st round draft pick (Derek Harper was later selected).

February 1, 1979 Resignation DEN

Larry Brown resigns as Head Coach for Denver Nuggets.

February 1, 1979 Hiring DEN

The Denver Nuggets hired Donnie Walsh as Head Coach.

February 2, 1979 Waiver KCK

The Kansas City Kings waived Marlon Redmond.

February 7, 1979 Trade PHI NJN

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Harvey Catchings, Ralph Simpson and cash to the New Jersey Nets for Eric Money and Al Skinner.

February 7, 1979 Waiver BOS

The Boston Celtics waived Marvin Barnes.

February 9, 1979 Sale IND BOS

The Indiana Pacers sold Kevin Stacom to the Boston Celtics.

February 12, 1979 Trade NYK BOS

The New York Knicks traded Bob McAdoo to the Boston Celtics for Tom Barker, a 1979 1st round draft pick (Bill Cartwright was later selected), a 1979 1st round draft pick (Larry Demic was later selected) and a 1979 1st round draft pick (Sly Williams was later selected).

February 12, 1979 Signing KCK PHI

The Philadelphia 76ers signed Marlon Redmond as a free agent.

February 14, 1979 Signing LAL IND

The Indiana Pacers signed Brad Davis as a free agent.

February 15, 1979 Signing ATL MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Sam Smith to a contract for the rest of the season.

February 15, 1979 Signing DEN SDC

The San Diego Clippers signed Brian Taylor as a veteran free agent and sent a 1979 2nd round draft pick (Gary Garland was later selected) and a 1979 2nd round draft pick (Lawrence Butler was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets as compensation.

February 15, 1979 Trade CLE DET

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Jim Brewer and future considerations to the Detroit Pistons for Earl Tatum.

February 16, 1979 Firing CHI

The Chicago Bulls fired Larry Costello as Head Coach.

February 16, 1979 Appointment CHI

The Chicago Bulls appointed Scotty Robertson as Interim Head Coach.

February 17, 1979 Signing NOJ POR

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Ira Terrell as a free agent.

February 19, 1979 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Jim McMillian.

February 20, 1979 Signing ATL GSW

The Golden State Warriors signed Tony Robertson as a free agent.

February 20, 1979 Signing DET NYK

The New York Knicks signed Ron Behagen as a free agent.

February 26, 1979 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Essie Hollis.

March 1, 1979 Signing HOU SEA

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent.

March 2, 1979 Waiver NYK

The New York Knicks waived Ron Behagen.

March 9, 1979 Signing NYK KCK

The Kansas City Kings signed Ron Behagen to a 10-day contract.

March 20, 1979 Waiver KCK

The Kansas City Kings waived Marlon Redmond.

March 29, 1979 Waiver KCK

The Kansas City Kings waived Ron Behagen.

April 5, 1979 Signing KCK PHI

The Philadelphia 76ers signed Marlon Redmond as a free agent.

April 8, 1979 Firing BOS

The Boston Celtics fired Dave Cowens as Head Coach.

April 9, 1979 Signing SEA KCK

The Kansas City Kings signed Lars Hansen as a free agent.

April 11, 1979 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Geoff Crompton.

April 12, 1979 Firing NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz fired Elgin Baylor as Head Coach.

April 20, 1979 Signing CHI SAS

The San Antonio Spurs signed Chubby Cox as a free agent.

April 26, 1979 Signing KCK SAS

The San Antonio Spurs signed Mike Evans as a free agent.

April 28, 1979 Hiring CHI

The Chicago Bulls hired Jerry Sloan as Head Coach.

May 13, 1979 Signing POR SDC

The San Diego Clippers signed Bill Walton as a veteran free agent and sent Kevin Kunnert, Kermit Washington and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Mike Gminski was later selected) to the Portland Trail Blazers as compensation.

May 21, 1979 Resignation CLE

Bill Fitch resigns as Head Coach for Cleveland Cavaliers.

May 22, 1979 Signing KCK PHO

The Phoenix Suns signed Jeff Cook as a free agent.

May 23, 1979 Hiring BOS

The Boston Celtics hired Bill Fitch as Head Coach.

May 25, 1979 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Lloyd Neal.

May 31, 1979 Trade NJN MIL

The New Jersey Nets traded Harvey Catchings to the Milwaukee Bucks for John Gianelli and a 1979 1st round draft pick (Calvin Natt was later selected).

June 1, 1979 Signing MIL CHI

The Chicago Bulls signed Del Beshore as a free agent.

June 15, 1979 Signing IND SDC

The San Diego Clippers signed Bob Carrington as a free agent.

June 18, 1979 Resignation HOU

Tom Nissalke resigns as Head Coach for Houston Rockets.

June 18, 1979 Hiring HOU

The Houston Rockets hired Del Harris as Head Coach.

June 19, 1979 Hiring UTA

The Utah Jazz hired Tom Nissalke as Head Coach.

June 22, 1979 Trade CHI NOJ

The Chicago Bulls traded Wilbur Holland to the New Orleans Jazz for Rickey Williams.

June 22, 1979 Trade PHO WSB

The Phoenix Suns traded Steve Malovic to the Washington Bullets for a 1979 1st round draft pick (Kyle Macy was later selected) and a 1980 3rd round draft pick (John Campbell was later selected).

June 23, 1979 Sale DEN CHI

The Denver Nuggets sold Lawrence Butler to the Chicago Bulls.

June 25, 1979 Reassignment LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers reassigned Head Coach Jerry West.

June 25, 1979 Trade DET MIL

The Detroit Pistons traded a 1979 1st round draft pick (Sidney Moncrief was later selected) to the Milwaukee Bucks for a 1979 1st round draft pick (Greg Kelser was later selected).

June 25, 1979 Signing SAS BOS

The Boston Celtics signed Gerald Henderson as a free agent.

June 25, 1979 Signing HOU PHI

The Philadelphia 76ers signed Billy Ray Bates as a free agent.

June 26, 1979 Sale SEA SAS

The Seattle SuperSonics sold Johnny Moore to the San Antonio Spurs.

June 27, 1979 Signing CHI BOS

The Boston Celtics signed Eric Fernsten as a free agent.

June 28, 1979 Signing SAS NOJ

The New Orleans Jazz signed Allan Bristow as a veteran free agent and sent Paul Griffin to the San Antonio Spurs as compensation.

June 29, 1979 Signing LAL DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed John Roche as a free agent.

July 30, 1979 Hiring LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Jack McKinney as Head Coach.