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1981-82 NBA Transactions

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League Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

Most Valuable Player: Moses Malone (31.1/14.7/1.8)
Rookie of the Year: Buck Williams (15.5/12.3/1.3)

PPG Leader: George Gervin (32.3)
RPG Leader: Moses Malone (14.7)
APG Leader: Johnny Moore (9.6)
WS Leader: Moses Malone (15.4)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1981 to June 30, 1982.
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Click on the Player for career stats and accomplishments.

July 2, 1981

The Phoenix Suns waived Mike Niles.

July 23, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Mitch Kupchak as a veteran free agent and sent Jim Chones, Brad Holland, a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Mike Gibson was later selected) and a 1983 1st round draft pick (Randy Wittman was later selected) to the Washington Bullets as compensation.

July 24, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks waived Stan Pietkiewicz.

July 27, 1981

The Portland Trail Blazers released John Stroeder.

July 28, 1981

The San Diego Clippers released Wally Rank.

July 29, 1981

The Chicago Bulls signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent.

August 3, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Clay Johnson as a free agent.

August 4, 1981

The New York Knicks traded Tom Barker to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 1982 3rd round draft pick (Craig Tucker was later selected).

August 6, 1981

The Detroit Pistons waived Norman Black.

August 12, 1981

The New Jersey Nets traded Rory Sparrow and a 1985 4th round draft pick (John Battle was later selected) to the Atlanta Hawks for a 1982 4th round draft pick (James Griffin was later selected).

August 13, 1981

The Chicago Bulls signed Steve Hayes as a free agent.

August 19, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kevin McKenna as a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Harvey Knuckles as a free agent.

August 20, 1981

The Utah Jazz traded Allan Bristow and Wayne Cooper to the Dallas Mavericks for Bill Robinzine.

August 24, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Darrell Allums as a free agent.

August 26, 1981

The Detroit Pistons traded Larry Drew to the Kansas City Kings for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Dave Magley was later selected) and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Tony Costner was later selected).

August 31, 1981

The Washington Bullets waived Austin Carr.

The San Diego Clippers signed Jim Brogan as a free agent.

September 2, 1981

The Denver Nuggets waived Kurt Nimphius.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Kurt Nimphius as a free agent.

The Washington Bullets waived Anthony Roberts.

September 4, 1981

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

September 13, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kurt Rambis as a free agent.

September 24, 1981

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Geoff Crompton to the Milwaukee Bucks for a 1982 3rd round draft pick (Phillip Lockett was later selected).

September 25, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks sold Brad Branson to the Detroit Pistons.

The Kansas City Kings waived Clinton Wheeler.

September 30, 1981

The Phoenix Suns traded Johnny High to the Chicago Bulls for a 1983 3rd round draft pick (Winfred King was later selected).

October 1, 1981

The Utah Jazz traded Jeff Judkins to the Detroit Pistons for a 1982 3rd round draft pick (Jerry Eaves was later selected).

October 2, 1981

Rudy Tomjanovich retired from the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets sold Terry Stotts to the Chicago Bulls.

October 5, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks waived Abdul Jeelani.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Chad Kinch.

October 8, 1981

The Utah Jazz waived Mel Bennett.

October 12, 1981

The Atlanta Hawks signed Mike Glenn as a veteran free agent and sent a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Vince Taylor was later selected) to the New York Knicks as compensation.

October 13, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Clay Johnson.

The Washington Bullets waived Claude Gregory.

October 15, 1981

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Butch Carter to the Indiana Pacers for a 1982 3rd round draft pick (Hutch Jones was later selected).

The Denver Nuggets waived Ken Green.

October 16, 1981

The Detroit Pistons waived Keith Herron.

October 19, 1981

The Golden State Warriors traded John Lucas to the Washington Bullets for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Derek Smith was later selected) and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Steve Burtt was later selected).

The Phoenix Suns waived John McCullough.

October 20, 1981

The San Diego Clippers waived Rock Lee.

The New Jersey Nets waived Ed Sherod.

October 21, 1981

The Indiana Pacers signed Raymond Townsend as a free agent.

October 24, 1981

The Washington Bullets signed Spencer Haywood as a free agent.

October 25, 1981

The New Jersey Nets signed Ray Williams as a veteran free agent and sent Maurice Lucas to the New York Knicks as compensation.

October 26, 1981

The Phoenix Suns signed John McCullough as a free agent.

October 27, 1981

The Boston Celtics waived Glenn Hagan.

The Chicago Bulls waived Scott May.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Alan Hardy.

The San Antonio Spurs waived Michael Wiley.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Clarence Kea.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Rich Yonakor.

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Carl Bailey.

The Detroit Pistons waived Brad Branson.

The New Jersey Nets waived Lowes Moore.

October 28, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Mike Bratz to the San Antonio Spurs for a 1983 3rd round draft pick (Les Craft was later selected).

The Houston Rockets signed Jawann Oldham as a free agent.

The Chicago Bulls waived Sam Worthen.

The Houston Rockets waived Larry Spriggs.

November 2, 1981

The Detroit Pistons waived Larry Wright.

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Bob Dandridge as a veteran free agent and sent a 1982 5th round draft pick (Jerry Davis was later selected) to the Washington Bullets as compensation.

The Milwaukee Bucks sold Len Elmore to the New Jersey Nets.

The Detroit Pistons signed Glenn Hagan as a free agent.

November 3, 1981

The New Jersey Nets waived Joe Cooper.

November 10, 1981

The New Jersey Nets waived David Burns.

November 12, 1981

The New Jersey Nets traded Mike Woodson and a 1982 1st round draft pick (Brook Steppe was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings for Sam Lacey. Kansas City received the earlier of two 1st round draft picks in 1982 (both owned by New Jersey).

November 16, 1981

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Scott May as a free agent.

November 18, 1981

The Atlanta Hawks waived Craig Shelton.

November 20, 1981

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Kevin Stacom as a free agent.

November 23, 1981

The Detroit Pistons waived Glenn Hagan.

The Detroit Pistons signed Alan Hardy as a free agent.

The Seattle SuperSonics traded Vinnie Johnson to the Detroit Pistons for Greg Kelser.

November 25, 1981

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Bob Dandridge.

The Seattle SuperSonics traded James Bailey to the New Jersey Nets for Ray Tolbert and a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Danny Young was later selected).

November 27, 1981

The Denver Nuggets signed David Burns as a free agent.

November 30, 1981

The San Diego Clippers waived Ron Davis.

December 1, 1981

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Dennis Awtrey as a veteran free agent.

December 2, 1981

The San Diego Clippers signed Michael Wiley as a free agent.

December 4, 1981

The Utah Jazz signed Sam Worthen as a free agent.

December 9, 1981

The Boston Celtics sold Tracy Jackson to the Chicago Bulls.

December 11, 1981

The Chicago Bulls waived Roger Burkman.

December 12, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Mel Bennett as a free agent.

December 17, 1981

The Denver Nuggets waived David Burns.

The Denver Nuggets sold Ronnie Valentine to the Washington Bullets.

December 18, 1981

The Phoenix Suns waived John McCullough.

December 21, 1981

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Dennis Awtrey.

December 22, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Mel Bennett.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Ollie Mack.

The Chicago Bulls waived Jackie Robinson.

The Utah Jazz waived Sam Worthen.

The Indiana Pacers waived Raymond Townsend.

The Washington Bullets waived Brad Holland.

December 23, 1981

The San Antonio Spurs traded Ron Brewer, Reggie Johnson and cash to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Mike Mitchell and Roger Phegley.

The Cleveland Cavaliers claimed Kevin Restani on waivers from the San Antonio Spurs.

December 24, 1981

The New Jersey Nets traded Bob McAdoo to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Kevin Williams was later selected).

December 25, 1981

The Indiana Pacers signed Raymond Townsend as a free agent.

December 28, 1981

The Dallas Mavericks signed Clarence Kea as a free agent.

December 29, 1981

The San Antonio Spurs signed Steve Hayes to a 10-day contract.

December 30, 1981

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Keith Herron as a free agent.

1982

Kevin Kunnert retired from the Portland Trail Blazers

The Atlanta Hawks signed Jim Zoet as a free agent.

The New York Knicks signed Mike Davis as a free agent.

January 18, 1982

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Mickey Dillard.

January 19, 1982

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Don Ford.

January 20, 1982

The Indiana Pacers sold Mike Bantom to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Atlanta Hawks traded Charlie Criss and Al Wood to the San Diego Clippers for Freeman Williams.

February 11, 1982

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Mike Evans.

February 12, 1982

The New York Knicks signed Paul Westphal as a veteran free agent.

February 16, 1982

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Kenny Carr and Bill Laimbeer to the Detroit Pistons for Phil Hubbard, Paul Mokeski, a 1982 1st round draft pick (John Bagley was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Dave Magley was later selected).

The Seattle SuperSonics traded Armond Hill and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Jeff Taylor was later selected) to the San Diego Clippers for Phil Smith.

The Kansas City Kings traded John Lambert to the San Antonio Spurs for a 1984 3rd round draft pick (Roosevelt Chapman was later selected).

The Kansas City Kings traded Cliff Robinson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Reggie Johnson.

February 20, 1982

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Mike Evans as a free agent.

February 28, 1982

The Detroit Pistons signed Steve Hayes as a free agent.

March 8, 1982

The San Antonio Spurs signed Rich Yonakor to the first of two 10-day contracts.

March 9, 1982

The Houston Rockets signed Larry Spriggs as a free agent.

March 17, 1982

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

March 25, 1982

The Portland Trail Blazers signed Carl Bailey as a free agent.

March 29, 1982

The San Antonio Spurs signed Rich Yonakor to a contract for the rest of the season.

March 30, 1982

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Brad Branson as a free agent.

April 7, 1982

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

April 10, 1982

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Lowes Moore as a free agent.

April 11, 1982

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

April 12, 1982

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Clay Johnson as a free agent.

April 15, 1982

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Brad Holland as a free agent.

April 18, 1982

The New Jersey Nets signed Ed Sherod as a free agent.

June 16, 1982

The Denver Nuggets traded David Thompson to the Seattle SuperSonics for Bill Hanzlik and a 1982 1st round draft pick (Rob Williams was later selected). Denver originally received Wally Walker but he was ruled ineligible.

June 19, 1982

The Golden State Warriors traded Wayne Sappleton to the New Jersey Nets for a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Pace Mannion was later selected).

June 21, 1982

The Phoenix Suns traded Rich Kelley to the Denver Nuggets for a 1982 1st round draft pick (David Thirdkill was later selected).

June 23, 1982

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Carl Bailey.

The Chicago Bulls traded a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Wayne Sappleton was later selected) to the Golden State Warriors for a 1983 2nd round draft pick (Doc Rivers was later selected).

The Detroit Pistons traded Kenny Carr to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 1982 1st round draft pick (Ricky Pierce was later selected).

June 28, 1982

The San Diego Clippers traded Joe Bryant and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Jeff Taylor was later selected) to the Houston Rockets for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Richard Anderson was later selected).

The Dallas Mavericks traded Wayne Cooper and a 1985 1st round draft pick (Terry Porter was later selected) to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Ransey.

The Milwaukee Bucks traded Pat Cummings to the Dallas Mavericks for a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Fred Roberts was later selected).

June 29, 1982

The Kansas City Kings traded Phil Ford to the New Jersey Nets for Ray Williams.

June 30, 1982

The Kansas City Kings traded Jim Johnstone to the Atlanta Hawks for a 1984 2nd round draft pick (Ben Coleman was later selected).