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League Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24.8/10.8/4.5)
Rookie of the Year: Larry Bird (21.3/10.4/4.5)

PPG Leader: George Gervin (33.1)
RPG Leader: Swen Nater (15.0)
APG Leader: Micheal Ray Richardson (10.1)
WS Leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14.8)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1979 to June 30, 1980.
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The San Antonio Spurs signed Harry Davis to a 10-day contract.

July, 1979

The San Antonio Spurs waived Louie Dampier.

July 7, 1979

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Irv Kiffin as a free agent.

July 11, 1979

The Indiana Pacers signed Frankie Sanders as a veteran free agent and sent a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Ron Perry was later selected) to the Boston Celtics as compensation.

July 12, 1979

The Washington Bullets signed Kevin Porter as a veteran free agent and sent a 1980 1st round draft pick (Rickey Brown was later selected) and a 1982 1st round draft pick (John Bagley was later selected) to the Detroit Pistons as compensation.

July 16, 1979

The Houston Rockets signed Tom Henderson as a veteran free agent and sent a 1980 1st round draft pick (Wes Matthews was later selected) to the Washington Bullets as compensation.

July 17, 1979

The Indiana Pacers signed Mickey Johnson as a veteran free agent and sent Ricky Sobers to the Chicago Bulls as compensation.

July 24, 1979

The Boston Celtics signed M.L. Carr as a veteran free agent.

July 27, 1979

The Detroit Pistons signed Jim McElroy as a veteran free agent and sent Ben Poquette and a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Brad Branson was later selected) to the Utah Jazz as compensation.

The San Antonio Spurs waived Chubby Cox.

August, 1979

The New York Knicks signed Hollis Copeland as a free agent.

August 3, 1979

The Indiana Pacers signed John Kuester as a veteran free agent.

August 6, 1979

The Chicago Bulls signed Coby Dietrick as a veteran free agent and sent Tate Armstrong and cash to the San Antonio Spurs as compensation.

August 9, 1979

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Jim Price.

August 21, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Abdul Jeelani as a free agent.

August 22, 1979

The New Jersey Nets signed Art Collins as a free agent.

August 24, 1979

The Detroit Pistons traded Andre Wakefield to the Phoenix Suns for a 1981 4th round draft pick (Don Koonce was later selected).

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Willie Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Derek Holcomb was later selected).

August 28, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Ira Terrell.

August 31, 1979

The Milwaukee Bucks sold Kevin Restani to the San Antonio Spurs.

September 4, 1979

The Phoenix Suns waived Ted McClain.

September 6, 1979

The Boston Celtics traded Bob McAdoo to the Detroit Pistons for a 1980 1st round draft pick (Rickey Brown was later selected) and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Joe Barry Carroll was later selected). This exchange was arranged as compensation for Boston signing veteran free agent M.L. Carr on July 24, 1979.

September 7, 1979

The Golden State Warriors signed John Coughran as a free agent.

September 10, 1979

The Chicago Bulls signed Roger Brown as a free agent.

The Houston Rockets signed Major Jones as a free agent.

September 11, 1979

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

September 12, 1979

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Bill Willoughby as a free agent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Mel Bennett as a free agent.

September 13, 1979

The Detroit Pistons signed Alan Hardy as a free agent.

The Atlanta Hawks signed Sam Pellom as a free agent.

The Washington Bullets signed Gus Bailey as a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Adrian Dantley to the Utah Jazz for Spencer Haywood.

The San Antonio Spurs traded Mike Green to the Kansas City Kings for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Michael Wiley was later selected).

September 18, 1979

The Detroit Pistons traded Jim Brewer to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Harvey Knuckles was later selected).

September 21, 1979

The San Diego Clippers traded Randy Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1980 1st round draft pick (Michael Brooks was later selected).

September 24, 1979

The Atlanta Hawks waived Keith Herron.

The Indiana Pacers waived Frankie Sanders.

The New Jersey Nets waived Art Collins.

September 25, 1979

The Chicago Bulls waived Charles Dudley.

The Kansas City Kings waived John McCullough.

September 27, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Steve Hayes.

September 30, 1979

The San Diego Clippers signed Marvin Barnes as a free agent.

October, 1979

The San Antonio Spurs waived Glenn Mosley.

October 1, 1979

The Phoenix Suns waived Greg Griffin.

The Phoenix Suns waived Charles Jones.

October 2, 1979

The New Jersey Nets traded John Gianelli, Bernard King and Jim Boylan to the Utah Jazz for Rich Kelley.

October 4, 1979

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Ron Carter.

The Golden State Warriors waived Jerry Sichting.

October 5, 1979

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Joe Bryant to the San Diego Clippers for a 1986 1st round draft pick (Brad Daugherty was later selected).

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Jim Chones to the Los Angeles Lakers for Dave Robisch and a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Ron Jones was later selected).

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Irv Kiffin to the San Antonio Spurs for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Butch Carter was later selected).

October 9, 1979

The Milwaukee Bucks traded Ernie Grunfeld and a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Dick Miller was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings for Richard Washington.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Clemon Johnson to the Indiana Pacers for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Brian Jackson was later selected).

The Denver Nuggets traded Robert Smith to the Utah Jazz for a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Eddie Lee was later selected) and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ken Green was later selected).

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Joe Hassett.

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Jackie Robinson.

October 10, 1979

The Indiana Pacers waived Wayne Radford.

The Utah Jazz traded Ron Lee to the Atlanta Hawks for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Jawann Oldham was later selected) and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Eddie Johnson was later selected).

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Sam Smith.

The New York Knicks waived Glen Gondrezick.

The San Diego Clippers waived Marvin Barnes.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Harry Davis.

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Edgar Jones.

October 11, 1979

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Dennis Awtrey.

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Brett Vroman.

October 12, 1979

The Houston Rockets traded Mike Newlin to the New Jersey Nets for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (John Stroud was later selected).

The Chicago Bulls signed Sam Smith as a free agent.

The Utah Jazz waived Marty Byrnes.

The Phoenix Suns waived Andre Wakefield.

The Atlanta Hawks waived Sam Pellom.

The Kansas City Kings waived Darnell Hillman.

The San Antonio Spurs waived Johnny Moore.

The Utah Jazz waived Arvid Kramer.

October 19, 1979

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Walt Frazier.

The Chicago Bulls signed Dennis Awtrey as a free agent.

The Milwaukee Bucks sold George Johnson to the Denver Nuggets.

October 20, 1979

The Indiana Pacers signed Joe Hassett as a free agent.

October 24, 1979

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Kenny Carr to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Wayne Robinson was later selected) and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Gene Banks was later selected).

October 25, 1979

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Marty Byrnes as a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Ron Boone to the Utah Jazz for a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Zam Fredrick was later selected).

The Utah Jazz waived Robert Smith.

October 26, 1979

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Eric Money.

October 27, 1979

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Bingo Smith to the San Diego Clippers for a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Stuart House was later selected).

October 29, 1979

The Detroit Pistons waived John Shumate.

November 1, 1979

The Indiana Pacers waived Corky Calhoun.

November 6, 1979

The Utah Jazz waived Greg Deane.

The Utah Jazz signed Andre Wakefield as a free agent.

November 7, 1979

The Houston Rockets signed John Shumate as a free agent.

The Houston Rockets waived Rudy White.

November 8, 1979

The Detroit Pistons signed Eric Money as a free agent.

The Dick Vitale as Head Coach.

The Detroit Pistons appointed Richie Adubato as Head Coach.

November 11, 1979

The Utah Jazz signed John Brown as a veteran free agent.

November 12, 1979

The Houston Rockets waived Jacky Dorsey.

November 13, 1979

The New Jersey Nets waived Ralph Simpson.

The New Jersey Nets signed Robert Smith as a free agent.

November 15, 1979

The Indiana Pacers waived Tony Zeno.

The Indiana Pacers signed Ron Carter as a free agent.

November 19, 1979

The San Diego Clippers waived Bob Carrington.

November 20, 1979

The Kansas City Kings waived Terry Crosby.

The Denver Nuggets traded Tom Boswell to the Utah Jazz for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Jawann Oldham was later selected).

The Utah Jazz waived John Brown.

November 21, 1979

The Washington Bullets traded Steve Malovic to the San Diego Clippers for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Bryan Warrick was later selected).

November 23, 1979

The Atlanta Hawks signed Sam Pellom as a free agent.

The Atlanta Hawks traded Terry Furlow to the Utah Jazz for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Eddie Johnson was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Ricky Frazier was later selected).

November 26, 1979

The San Diego Clippers waived John Olive.

The Utah Jazz waived Andre Wakefield.

November 27, 1979

The Utah Jazz signed Mack Calvin as a free agent.

The Indiana Pacers traded Len Elmore to the Kansas City Kings for a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Dick Miller was later selected).

The Denver Nuggets signed Glen Gondrezick as a free agent.

The Denver Nuggets waived Anthony Roberts.

November 28, 1979

The Utah Jazz waived John Gianelli.

The Houston Rockets waived Dwight Jones.

December 4, 1979

The Washington Bullets waived Gus Bailey.

The Chicago Bulls waived Roger Brown.

The Golden State Warriors waived Bubba Wilson.

The New York Knicks traded Jim Cleamons to the Washington Bullets for a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Frank Brickowski was later selected).

The Golden State Warriors waived John Coughran.

The San Diego Clippers waived Jerome Whitehead.

December 5, 1979

The Golden State Warriors signed Darnell Hillman as a free agent.

The Washington Bullets traded Phil Chenier to the Indiana Pacers for future considerations.

The Chicago Bulls signed Dwight Jones as a free agent.

The Indiana Pacers waived Ron Carter.

December 15, 1979

The Golden State Warriors signed John Coughran as a free agent.

December 19, 1979

The San Antonio Spurs waived Irv Kiffin.

1980

The Golden State Warriors signed Jim Brogan as a free agent.

January 3, 1980

The Golden State Warriors waived John Coughran.

January 8, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Jackie Robinson to a 10-day contract.

January 11, 1980

The Atlanta Hawks released Rick Wilson.

January 17, 1980

The Houston Rockets traded John Shumate and a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Lavon Mercer was later selected) to the San Antonio Spurs for Billy Paultz.

The Utah Jazz waived Pete Maravich.

January 18, 1980

The Utah Jazz signed Jerome Whitehead as a free agent.

January 22, 1980

The Boston Celtics signed Pete Maravich as a free agent.

January 24, 1980

The Atlanta Hawks traded Ron Lee, a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Brad Branson was later selected) and a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Jonathan Moore was later selected) to the Detroit Pistons for Jim McElroy.

January 28, 1980

The Atlanta Hawks signed John Brown as a free agent.

January 30, 1980

The San Diego Clippers signed Marvin Barnes as a free agent.

February 1, 1980

The Indiana Pacers traded Alex English and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Carl Nicks was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets for George McGinnis.

February 4, 1980

The Detroit Pistons traded Bob Lanier to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kent Benson and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Larry Drew was later selected).

The Washington Bullets traded Roger Phegley to the New Jersey Nets for John Williamson and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Steve Lingenfelter was later selected).

The Chicago Bulls waived Sam Smith.

February 8, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Lionel Hollins to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Al Wood was later selected).

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Maurice Lucas, a 1980 1st round draft pick (Mike Gminski was later selected) and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Albert King was later selected) to the New Jersey Nets for Calvin Natt.

February 10, 1980

The Dallas Mavericks signed Clarence Kea to the first of two 10-day contracts.

February 11, 1980

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Al Skinner.

February 13, 1980

The Chicago Bulls traded Mark Landsberger to the Los Angeles Lakers for Ollie Mack, a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Sam Worthen was later selected) and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Gene Banks was later selected).

February 15, 1980

The Indiana Pacers signed Ron Carter as a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Don Ford and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Chad Kinch was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Butch Lee and a 1982 1st round draft pick (James Worthy was later selected).

The New Jersey Nets traded Rich Kelley to the Phoenix Suns for a 1982 1st round draft pick (Brook Steppe was later selected) and a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Pace Mannion was later selected).

The Indiana Pacers waived Phil Chenier.

February 19, 1980

The San Diego Clippers waived Steve Malovic.

February 21, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Billy Ray Bates as a free agent.

February 25, 1980

The Indiana Pacers waived Ron Carter.

February 29, 1980

The Utah Jazz signed Brad Davis as a free agent.

March 2, 1980

The Denver Nuggets signed Arvid Kramer to the first of two 10-day contracts.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Clarence Kea to a contract for the rest of the season.

March 3, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs waived Harry Davis.

March 5, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Steve Malovic as a free agent.

March 9, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs signed Johnny Moore as a free agent.

March 17, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Jackie Robinson to a 10-day contract.

March 22, 1980

The Washington Bullets signed Ron Behagen as a free agent.

The San Antonio Spurs signed Tim Bassett as a free agent.

March 25, 1980

The Golden State Warriors released Cheese Johnson.

The Detroit Pistons released Steve Malovic.

April 14, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Charles Jones as a free agent.

May 9, 1980

The San Diego Clippers signed Tony Price as a free agent.

May 15, 1980

The Atlanta Hawks signed Glenn Hagan as a free agent.

May 16, 1980

The Denver Nuggets sold George Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks.

May 21, 1980

The Seattle SuperSonics traded Paul Silas (coach) to the San Diego Clippers for a 1985 2nd round draft pick (Calvin Duncan was later selected).

May 28, 1980

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Del Beshore from the Chicago Bulls in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Winford Boynes from the New Jersey Nets in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Alonzo Bradley from the Houston Rockets in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Mike Bratz from the Phoenix Suns in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Marty Byrnes from the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Austin Carr from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Jim Cleamons from the Washington Bullets in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Terry Duerod from the Detroit Pistons in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Jack Givens from the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Joe Hassett from the Indiana Pacers in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Geoff Huston from the New York Knicks in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Abdul Jeelani from the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Jeff Judkins from the Boston Celtics in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Arvid Kramer from the Denver Nuggets in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Tom LaGarde from the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Billy McKinney from the Kansas City Kings in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Wiley Peck from the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Bingo Smith from the San Diego Clippers in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Jim Spanarkel from the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Raymond Townsend from the Golden State Warriors in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Richard Washington from the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA expansion draft.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Jerome Whitehead from the Utah Jazz in the NBA expansion draft.

June 4, 1980

The Seattle SuperSonics traded Dennis Johnson to the Phoenix Suns for Paul Westphal.

The New Jersey Nets signed Edgar Jones as a free agent.

June 6, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs waived Tim Bassett.

June 7, 1980

Bayard Forrest retired from the Phoenix Suns

June 9, 1980

The Golden State Warriors traded Robert Parish and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Kevin McHale was later selected) to the Boston Celtics for a 1980 1st round draft pick (Rickey Brown was later selected) and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Joe Barry Carroll was later selected).

The Dallas Mavericks signed Ralph Drollinger as a free agent.

The Dallas Mavericks traded Wiley Peck to the Phoenix Suns for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Elston Turner was later selected).

The Chicago Bulls traded Cedrick Hordges to the Denver Nuggets for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Mike Olliver was later selected).

June 10, 1980

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Ron Davis as a free agent.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Ronnie Lester and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Al Wood was later selected) to the Chicago Bulls for Kelvin Ransey and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Darnell Valentine was later selected).

The Golden State Warriors traded Jeff Ruland to the Washington Bullets for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Sam Williams was later selected).

The Chicago Bulls traded Calvin Garrett to the Houston Rockets for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Wayne Sappleton was later selected).

The Los Angeles Lakers released Butch Lee.

June 12, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent.

The Kansas City Kings signed Leon Douglas as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kelly Tripucka was later selected) to the Detroit Pistons as compensation.

June 19, 1980

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Len Elmore as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Steve Lingenfelter was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings as compensation.

The San Antonio Spurs signed Edmund Lawrence as a free agent.

June 23, 1980

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Scott Lloyd as a veteran free agent.

June 25, 1980

The Phoenix Suns signed John McCullough as a free agent.

The Phoenix Suns signed Mike Niles as a free agent.