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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)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.
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Click on the Player for career stats and accomplishments.

July 8, 1978

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

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

July 15, 1978

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

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

July 24, 1978

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

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

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

August 4, 1978

The Boston Celtics traded Kevin Kunnert, Kermit Washington, Sidney Wicks and Freeman Williams to the San Diego Clippers for 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).

August 8, 1978

The Boston Celtics signed Joe Pace as a free agent.

August 10, 1978

The Chicago Bulls waived Cliff Pondexter.

August 15, 1978

The Detroit Pistons signed Essie Hollis as a free agent.

August 16, 1978

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

The Denver Nuggets signed Phil Hicks as a free agent.

August 24, 1978

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

August 31, 1978

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

September 1, 1978

The Boston Celtics signed Earl Williams as a free agent.

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

September 5, 1978

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

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

The Indiana Pacers waived Mike Flynn.

September 8, 1978

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.

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

September 11, 1978

The Indiana Pacers waived Ron Behagen.

September 13, 1978

Curtis Perry retired from the Phoenix Suns

September 14, 1978

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Del Beshore as a free agent.

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

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

The Chicago Bulls waived Lars Hansen.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Carlos Terry.

September 15, 1978

The Detroit Pistons waived Al Skinner.

September 18, 1978

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

September 19, 1978

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

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Glenn Hagan.

September 20, 1978

The San Antonio Spurs waived Gerald Henderson.

September 21, 1978

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

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

September 22, 1978

The Atlanta Hawks waived Tony Robertson.

The Denver Nuggets waived Mel Bennett.

September 25, 1978

The San Diego Clippers waived Larry McNeill.

September 29, 1978

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

October, 1978

The Phoenix Suns waived Bob Miller.

October 1, 1978

The New Orleans Jazz waived Ron Davis.

October 2, 1978

The San Antonio Spurs waived Mo Layton.

The Kansas City Kings waived Jeff Cook.

October 3, 1978

The Boston Celtics waived Bob Bigelow.

October 4, 1978

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.

The New Orleans Jazz waived Fred Saunders.

The Detroit Pistons waived Essie Hollis.

The Atlanta Hawks waived Ollie Johnson.

October 8, 1978

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

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

October 10, 1978

The New Orleans Jazz waived Freddie Boyd.

The New Jersey Nets waived Walter Jordan.

October 11, 1978

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

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

The Chicago Bulls waived Norm Van Lier.

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Ted McClain.

The Houston Rockets waived Jackie Robinson.

The Kansas City Kings waived Mike Evans.

The Denver Nuggets waived Hollis Copeland.

The New Orleans Jazz waived John Douglas.

October 12, 1978

The Los Angeles Lakers released Derrek Dickey.

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

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Del Beshore.

The Phoenix Suns waived Ira Terrell.

The Denver Nuggets waived Phil Hicks.

The Indiana Pacers waived Bob Carrington.

The San Diego Clippers waived Bill Willoughby.

The Denver Nuggets waived Mack Calvin.

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Clay Johnson.

October 13, 1978

The Detroit Pistons signed Ron Behagen as a free agent.

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

October 15, 1978

The Denver Nuggets signed John Kuester as a free agent.

October 16, 1978

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

The Chicago Bulls waived Chubby Cox.

October 19, 1978

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

October 20, 1978

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Del Beshore as a free agent.

The Detroit Pistons waived Ron Behagen.

October 23, 1978

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

October 25, 1978

The Chicago Bulls signed Ollie Johnson as a free agent.

October 26, 1978

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

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

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

The Chicago Bulls waived Andre Wakefield.

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Del Beshore.

October 27, 1978

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.

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

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Brad Davis.

October 30, 1978

The New York Knicks waived Butch Beard.

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

The New Orleans Jazz waived Gus Bailey.

November 1, 1978

The Detroit Pistons waived Robert Hawkins.

The Detroit Pistons signed Andre Wakefield as a free agent.

The Golden State Warriors waived E.C. Coleman.

November 3, 1978

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

November 4, 1978

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Al Fleming.

November 6, 1978

The San Diego Clippers waived Stan Pietkiewicz.

November 13, 1978

The Denver Nuggets signed Phil Hicks as a free agent.

November 14, 1978

The New York Knicks waived Greg Bunch.

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

November 22, 1978

The Detroit Pistons waived Otis Howard.

November 24, 1978

The Detroit Pistons signed Essie Hollis as a free agent.

November 26, 1978

The Houston Rockets waived E.C. Coleman.

November 29, 1978

The Chicago Bulls waived Tom Boerwinkle.

December 5, 1978

The Golden State Warriors waived Ray Epps.

The San Diego Clippers waived Connie Norman.

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

December 11, 1978

The Detroit Pistons waived Rickey Green.

December 15, 1978

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Lars Hansen as a free agent.

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.

The Houston Rockets waived Tom Barker.

December 21, 1978

The Detroit Pistons signed Dennis Boyd as a free agent.

December 28, 1978

The San Antonio Spurs waived Frankie Sanders.

December 29, 1978

The Detroit Pistons waived Dennis Boyd.

January 2, 1979

The Detroit Pistons signed Larry McNeill as a free agent.

The Chicago Bulls waived Steve Sheppard.

January 5, 1979

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

January 12, 1979

The Denver Nuggets waived Phil Hicks.

The New Orleans Jazz traded Truck Robinson to the Phoenix Suns for 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).

January 13, 1979

The Detroit Pistons signed Steve Sheppard as a free agent.

January 14, 1979

The Detroit Pistons waived Larry McNeill.

January 15, 1979

The Boston Celtics waived Earl Williams.

The New Orleans Jazz waived Ira Terrell.

January 16, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Kim Anderson.

The Phoenix Suns signed Ted McClain as a free agent.

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

January 17, 1979

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

The Boston Celtics signed Tom Barker as a free agent.

The Boston Celtics signed Frankie Sanders as a free agent.

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Lars Hansen.

January 22, 1979

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Norm Van Lier.

January 25, 1979

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

January 30, 1979

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

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

February 2, 1979

The Kansas City Kings waived Marlon Redmond.

February 7, 1979

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

The Boston Celtics waived Marvin Barnes.

February 9, 1979

The Indiana Pacers sold Kevin Stacom to the Boston Celtics.

February 12, 1979

The Boston Celtics traded 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) to the New York Knicks for Bob McAdoo.

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

February 14, 1979

The Indiana Pacers signed Brad Davis as a free agent.

February 15, 1979

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

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.

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

February 17, 1979

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

February 19, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Jim McMillian.

February 20, 1979

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

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

February 26, 1979

The Detroit Pistons waived Essie Hollis.

March 1, 1979

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent.

March 2, 1979

The New York Knicks waived Ron Behagen.

March 9, 1979

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

March 20, 1979

The Kansas City Kings waived Marlon Redmond.

March 29, 1979

The Kansas City Kings waived Ron Behagen.

April 5, 1979

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

April 9, 1979

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

April 11, 1979

The Denver Nuggets waived Geoff Crompton.

April 20, 1979

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

April 26, 1979

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

May 13, 1979

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

May 22, 1979

The Phoenix Suns signed Jeff Cook as a free agent.

May 25, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Lloyd Neal.

May 31, 1979

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

June 1, 1979

The Chicago Bulls signed Del Beshore as a free agent.

June 15, 1979

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

June 22, 1979

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

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

The Denver Nuggets sold Lawrence Butler to the Chicago Bulls.

June 25, 1979

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).

The Boston Celtics signed Gerald Henderson as a free agent.

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

June 26, 1979

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

June 27, 1979

The Boston Celtics signed Eric Fernsten as a free agent.

June 28, 1979

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

The Denver Nuggets signed John Roche as a free agent.