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1980-81 NBA Transactions

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

Most Valuable Player: Julius Erving (24.6/8.0/4.4)
Rookie of the Year: Darrell Griffith (20.6/3.6/2.4)

PPG Leader: Adrian Dantley (30.7)
RPG Leader: Moses Malone (14.8)
APG Leader: Kevin Porter (9.1)
WS Leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14.3)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1980 to June 30, 1981.
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July 3, 1980

The Detroit Pistons waived Darwin Cook.

July 8, 1980

The Atlanta Hawks signed Tom Burleson as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Eddie Johnson was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings as compensation.

July 11, 1980

The Golden State Warriors signed Bill Mayfield as a free agent.

The Atlanta Hawks signed Art Collins as a free agent.

July 15, 1980

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Myles Patrick as a free agent.

July 16, 1980

The Golden State Warriors signed Rudy White as a free agent.

July 17, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Keith Herron as a free agent.

The New Jersey Nets signed Darwin Cook as a free agent.

July 21, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Charles Jones.

July 28, 1980

The Denver Nuggets signed Kenny Higgs as a free agent.

The Utah Jazz signed Jeff Judkins as a veteran free agent.

The Utah Jazz waived Carl Kilpatrick.

July 29, 1980

The Utah Jazz signed Brett Vroman as a free agent.

July 30, 1980

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Alan Hardy as a free agent.

August 1, 1980

The Chicago Bulls signed Jeff Wilkins as a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Myles Patrick as a free agent.

August 8, 1980

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Dennis Awtrey as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ed Rains was later selected) to the Chicago Bulls as compensation.

August 12, 1980

The Utah Jazz claimed Rickey Green on waivers from the Detroit Pistons.

The Kansas City Kings signed Frankie Sanders as a free agent.

August 13, 1980

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Walter Jordan as a free agent.

August 15, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers traded T.R. Dunn and a 1983 1st round draft pick (Howard Carter was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets for a 1983 1st round draft pick (Clyde Drexler was later selected) and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Steve Colter was later selected).

The San Antonio Spurs signed George Johnson as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 1st round draft pick (Ray Tolbert was later selected) to the New Jersey Nets as compensation.

August 19, 1980

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Spencer Haywood.

August 28, 1980

The San Diego Clippers traded World B. Free to the Golden State Warriors for Phil Smith and a 1984 1st round draft pick (Lancaster Gordon was later selected).

September 8, 1980

The Washington Bullets signed Carlos Terry as a free agent.

The Phoenix Suns waived Wiley Peck.

September 9, 1980

The Chicago Bulls waived John Mengelt.

September 10, 1980

The Golden State Warriors sold Jo Jo White to the Kansas City Kings.

The Kansas City Kings signed Mel Bennett as a free agent.

September 11, 1980

The Kansas City Kings signed John Douglas as a free agent.

The Golden State Warriors traded Wayne Cooper and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ken Green was later selected) to the Utah Jazz for Bernard King.

The Milwaukee Bucks traded George Johnson and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Jose Slaughter was later selected) to the Indiana Pacers for Mickey Johnson.

The Dallas Mavericks traded Billy McKinney to the Utah Jazz for a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Mark West was later selected) and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Anthony Teachey was later selected).

September 12, 1980

The Chicago Bulls signed Larry Kenon as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Gene Banks was later selected) and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ed Rains was later selected) to the San Antonio Spurs as compensation.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Dave Britton.

September 16, 1980

The Dallas Mavericks traded Mike Bratz to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1984 1st round draft pick (Sam Perkins was later selected).

The Golden State Warriors waived Jim Brogan.

September 17, 1980

The Detroit Pistons waived Roy Hamilton.

September 22, 1980

The Kansas City Kings waived John Douglas.

September 24, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Roy Hamilton as a free agent.

The New Jersey Nets traded Roger Phegley to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Foots Walker.

September 25, 1980

In a 3-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Campy Russell to the New York Knicks; the Kansas City Kings traded Bill Robinzine to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the New York Knicks traded Joe Meriweather and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Steve Johnson was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings.

The New Jersey Nets waived Robert Smith.

The Indiana Pacers waived Dick Miller.

The Indiana Pacers waived John Kuester.

September 26, 1980

The Washington Bullets traded Dave Corzine to the San Antonio Spurs for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Claude Gregory was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Dwight Anderson was later selected).

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Carl Bailey.

September 29, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs waived Edmund Lawrence.

The Atlanta Hawks waived Glenn Hagan.

October 1, 1980

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Wayne Robinson to the Detroit Pistons for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Harvey Knuckles was later selected).

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Robert Smith as a free agent.

The Phoenix Suns waived John McCullough.

October 3, 1980

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Keith McCord.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Raymond Townsend.

October 4, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs waived Sylvester Norris.

October 6, 1980

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Lloyd Walton.

The Chicago Bulls waived Jeff Wilkins.

October 7, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs sold Mike Evans to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Houston Rockets traded Paul Mokeski to the Detroit Pistons for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Richard Anderson was later selected).

October 8, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Jim Brewer to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Jerome Kersey was later selected). Portland had the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Los Angeles in 1984 but opted for a 2nd round draft pick instead.

The Denver Nuggets sold Bob Wilkerson to the Chicago Bulls.

The Utah Jazz waived Brad Davis.

The Atlanta Hawks waived Art Collins.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Clarence Kea.

The Detroit Pistons waived Jackie Robinson.

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Ron Davis.

October 9, 1980

The Indiana Pacers signed Jerry Sichting as a free agent.

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Henry Bibby.

The Golden State Warriors waived Billy Mayfield.

The New York Knicks waived Marc Iavaroni.

October 13, 1980

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Roy Hamilton.

October 14, 1980

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Robert Smith.

The San Diego Clippers signed Gar Heard as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Sam Clancy was later selected) and a 1983 3rd round draft pick (Derek Whittenburg was later selected) to the Phoenix Suns as compensation. The compensatory draft picks were sent to San Diego on February 3, 1981.

October 20, 1980

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Scott Lloyd.

October 21, 1980

The Philadelphia 76ers waived Monti Davis.

The Denver Nuggets waived Jawann Oldham.

October 22, 1980

The Kansas City Kings waived Mel Bennett.

October 23, 1980

The Chicago Bulls waived Ollie Mack.

October 28, 1980

The Dallas Mavericks signed Scott Lloyd as a free agent.

The San Diego Clippers signed Henry Bibby as a free agent.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Stan Pietkiewicz.

October 30, 1980

The Dallas Mavericks traded Richard Washington and Jerome Whitehead to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Bill Robinzine, a 1983 1st round draft pick (Derek Harper was later selected) and a 1986 1st round draft pick (Roy Tarpley was later selected).

October 31, 1980

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Dave Robisch to the Denver Nuggets for Kim Hughes, a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Mickey Dillard was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Guy Morgan was later selected).

November 3, 1980

The Golden State Warriors traded Rudy White to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1981 4th round draft pick (Lewis Lloyd was later selected).

The Chicago Bulls signed Ricky Sobers as a free agent.

November 4, 1980

The San Diego Clippers waived Tony Price.

The San Diego Clippers signed Ron Davis as a free agent.

November 6, 1980

The Dallas Mavericks sold Austin Carr to the Washington Bullets.

November 8, 1980

The Kansas City Kings signed Lloyd Walton as a free agent.

November 11, 1980

The Indiana Pacers signed Dick Miller as a free agent.

November 12, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Larry Wright as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Mike Ferrara was later selected) and a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Michael Britt was later selected) to the Washington Bullets as compensation.

November 13, 1980

The Detroit Pistons waived Tony Fuller.

November 17, 1980

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Tony Jackson.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Ollie Mack as a free agent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Jerome Whitehead.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Joe Hassett.

November 20, 1980

The New Jersey Nets traded Eddie Jordan to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 1982 1st round draft pick (Eddie Phillips was later selected).

November 21, 1980

The Philadelphia 76ers signed Ollie Johnson as a veteran free agent and sent cash to the Chicago Bulls as compensation.

November 24, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs traded John Shumate to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Mark Radford was later selected).

The Indiana Pacers waived Dick Miller.

November 25, 1980

The Phoenix Suns traded Don Buse to the Indiana Pacers for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Al Leslie was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Jose Slaughter was later selected).

November 27, 1980

The Houston Rockets signed Bill Willoughby as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Russell Bowers was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers as compensation.

December 1, 1980

The Seattle SuperSonics released John Shumate.

The San Antonio Spurs signed John Shumate as a free agent.

The Utah Jazz waived Brett Vroman.

The Detroit Pistons signed Norman Black to a 10-day contract.

The Seattle SuperSonics traded John Shumate to the San Antonio Spurs for a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Mark Radford was later selected).

The Houston Rockets waived Lee Johnson.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Darrell Allums.

December 2, 1980

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Myles Patrick.

The San Antonio Spurs waived John Shumate.

The Utah Jazz signed Rickey Green as a free agent.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Brad Davis as a free agent.

The Atlanta Hawks traded Armond Hill to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Jim Thomas was later selected) and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Ben Coleman was later selected).

The Utah Jazz signed Jeff Wilkins as a free agent.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Terry Duerod.

December 3, 1980

The Washington Bullets waived John Williamson.

The Dallas Mavericks traded Kiki Vandeweghe and a 1986 1st round draft pick (Maurice Martin was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Rolando Blackman was later selected) and a 1985 1st round draft pick (Sam Vincent was later selected).

December 4, 1980

The Boston Celtics signed Terry Duerod as a free agent.

December 5, 1980

The Detroit Pistons signed Lee Johnson as a free agent.

December 9, 1980

The Utah Jazz signed Dick Miller as a free agent.

December 11, 1980

The Indiana Pacers waived Kenny Natt.

December 12, 1980

The Golden State Warriors waived Tom Abernethy.

December 15, 1980

The Washington Bullets signed Dave Britton to a 10-day contract.

December 16, 1980

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Rudy White.

December 17, 1980

The Washington Bullets signed Keith McCord to a 10-day contract.

December 18, 1980

The Donnie Walsh as Head Coach.

The Denver Nuggets appointed Doug Moe as Head Coach.

December 19, 1980

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Mack Calvin as a veteran free agent.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Ron Brewer to the San Antonio Spurs for Mike Gale and a 1982 1st round draft pick (Ricky Pierce was later selected).

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived John Lambert.

December 22, 1980

The Utah Jazz traded Billy McKinney to the Denver Nuggets for Carl Nicks.

December 26, 1980

The Indiana Pacers signed Tom Abernethy as a free agent.

The Kansas City Kings signed John Lambert as a free agent.

December 27, 1980

The Washington Bullets signed Andre McCarter as a free agent.

The Washington Bullets signed Anthony Roberts as a free agent.

December 29, 1980

The Utah Jazz released Dick Miller.

The Kansas City Kings waived Gus Gerard.

1981

The San Diego Clippers signed Rock Lee as a free agent.

January 2, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks signed Monti Davis to a 10-day contract.

January 3, 1981

The Utah Jazz signed Mel Bennett as a free agent.

January 9, 1981

The San Diego Clippers signed Jerome Whitehead as a free agent.

January 12, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks waived Monti Davis.

January 15, 1981

The Washington Bullets signed Lewis Brown to a 10-day contract.

January 17, 1981

The Atlanta Hawks traded Don Collins to the Washington Bullets for Wes Matthews.

January 19, 1981

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Jacky Dorsey as a free agent.

January 21, 1981

The Boston Celtics waived Wayne Kreklow.

The Golden State Warriors signed Phil Chenier to the first of two 10-day contracts.

January 26, 1981

The Utah Jazz waived Ron Boone.

January 27, 1981

The Detroit Pistons signed Edmund Lawrence to a 10-day contract.

January 28, 1981

The San Diego Clippers waived Sidney Wicks.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Stan Pietkiewicz to a contract for the rest of the season.

January 30, 1981

The New York Knicks signed Kurt Rambis to a 10-day contract.

February 2, 1981

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Geoff Crompton as a free agent.

February 3, 1981

The Atlanta Hawks signed Art Collins as a free agent.

February 7, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks traded Geoff Huston and a 1983 3rd round draft pick (Larry Anderson was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Chad Kinch and a 1985 1st round draft pick (Detlef Schrempf was later selected).

February 8, 1981

The San Antonio Spurs signed Gus Gerard to a 10-day contract.

February 10, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks signed Clarence Kea as a free agent.

February 12, 1981

The Kansas City Kings signed Frankie Sanders as a free agent.

The Golden State Warriors signed Joe Hassett to a contract for the rest of the season.

February 19, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks waived Winford Boynes.

February 26, 1981

The Golden State Warriors waived Phil Chenier.

The Golden State Warriors signed Billy Mayfield as a free agent.

March 2, 1981

Ralph Drollinger retired from the Dallas Mavericks

The San Antonio Spurs released Gus Gerard.

March 11, 1981

The Detroit Pistons waived Bob McAdoo.

March 13, 1981

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

March 19, 1981

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

April 1, 1981

The Golden State Warriors waived John Mengelt.

April 23, 1981

The Boston Celtics signed Glenn Hagan as a free agent.

April 28, 1981

The Phoenix Suns signed John McCullough as a free agent.

May 5, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Lee Johnson as a free agent.

May 20, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Randy Smith to the New York Knicks for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kevin Loder was later selected).

May 25, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed James Edwards as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ray Blume was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Guy Morgan was later selected) to the Indiana Pacers as compensation.

June 4, 1981

The Atlanta Hawks signed Steve Hawes as a free agent.

June 5, 1981

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Tom Owens to the Indiana Pacers for a 1984 1st round draft pick (Sam Bowie was later selected).

June 8, 1981

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Carl Bailey as a free agent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Scott Wedman as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kevin Loder was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings as compensation.

The Kansas City Kings traded Otis Birdsong and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Steve Lingenfelter was later selected) to the New Jersey Nets for Cliff Robinson.

The Indiana Pacers traded Dudley Bradley to the Phoenix Suns for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Al Leslie was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Jose Slaughter was later selected). Phoenix also relinquished the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Indiana in 1983.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Mike Gale to the Golden State Warriors for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Audie Norris was later selected) and a 1985 2nd round draft pick (Mike Smrek was later selected).

The Washington Bullets traded Elvin Hayes to the Houston Rockets for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Charles Davis was later selected) and a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Sidney Lowe was later selected).

The Atlanta Hawks traded a 1981 1st round draft pick (Orlando Woolridge was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Ricky Frazier was later selected) to the Chicago Bulls for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Al Wood was later selected) and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Clyde Bradshaw was later selected). Chicago had the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Atlanta in 1982 but did not do so.

June 10, 1981

The Indiana Pacers traded Ray Blume and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Rod Higgins was later selected) to the Chicago Bulls for Mike Oliver.

The New York Knicks traded Mike Woodson to the New Jersey Nets for Mike Newlin.

June 11, 1981

The New Jersey Nets sold Edgar Jones to the Detroit Pistons.

June 16, 1981

The San Antonio Spurs traded James Silas and Rich Yonakor to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Oliver Robinson was later selected).

June 18, 1981

The Seattle SuperSonics signed Gus Williams as a free agent.

June 20, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Bob Wilkerson as a veteran free agent.