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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)

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Transactions listed are from July 1, 1981 to June 30, 1982.
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Transactions

Date Type From To Transaction
July 2, 1981 Waiver PHO

The Phoenix Suns waived Mike Niles.

July 23, 1981 Signing WSB LAL

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 Waiver DAL

The Dallas Mavericks waived Stan Pietkiewicz.

July 27, 1981 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers released John Stroeder.

July 28, 1981 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers released Wally Rank.

July 29, 1981 Signing DET CHI

The Chicago Bulls signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent.

August 3, 1981 Signing POR LAL

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

August 4, 1981 Trade NYK POR

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 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Norman Black.

August 12, 1981 Trade NJN ATL

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 Signing POR CHI

The Chicago Bulls signed Steve Hayes as a free agent.

August 19, 1981 Signing LAL

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

August 19, 1981 Signing LAL

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

August 20, 1981 Trade UTA DAL

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

August 24, 1981 Signing DAL LAL

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

August 26, 1981 Trade DET KCK

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 Waiver WSB

The Washington Bullets waived Austin Carr.

August 31, 1981 Signing GSW SDC

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

September 2, 1981 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Kurt Nimphius.

September 2, 1981 Signing DEN DAL

The Dallas Mavericks signed Kurt Nimphius as a free agent.

September 2, 1981 Waiver WSB

The Washington Bullets waived Anthony Roberts.

September 4, 1981 Signing KCK SDC

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

September 13, 1981 Signing NYK LAL

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

September 24, 1981 Trade POR MIL

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 Sale DAL DET

The Dallas Mavericks sold Brad Branson to the Detroit Pistons.

September 25, 1981 Waiver KCK

The Kansas City Kings waived Clinton Wheeler.

September 30, 1981 Trade PHO CHI

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 Trade UTA DET

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 Retirement HOU

Rudy Tomjanovich retired from the Houston Rockets

October 2, 1981 Sale HOU CHI

The Houston Rockets sold Terry Stotts to the Chicago Bulls.

October 5, 1981 Waiver DAL

The Dallas Mavericks waived Abdul Jeelani.

October 5, 1981 Waiver DAL

The Dallas Mavericks waived Chad Kinch.

October 8, 1981 Waiver UTA

The Utah Jazz waived Mel Bennett.

October 12, 1981 Signing NYK ATL

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 Waiver LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Clay Johnson.

October 13, 1981 Waiver WSB

The Washington Bullets waived Claude Gregory.

October 15, 1981 Trade LAL IND

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

October 15, 1981 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived Ken Green.

October 16, 1981 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Keith Herron.

October 19, 1981 Trade GSW WSB

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).

October 19, 1981 Waiver PHO

The Phoenix Suns waived John McCullough.

October 20, 1981 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers waived Rock Lee.

October 20, 1981 Waiver NJN

The New Jersey Nets waived Ed Sherod.

October 21, 1981 Signing DAL IND

The Indiana Pacers signed Raymond Townsend as a free agent.

October 24, 1981 Signing LAL WSB

The Washington Bullets signed Spencer Haywood as a free agent.

October 25, 1981 Signing NYK NJN

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 Signing PHO PHO

The Phoenix Suns signed John McCullough as a free agent.

October 27, 1981 Waiver BOS

The Boston Celtics waived Glenn Hagan.

October 27, 1981 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Scott May.

October 27, 1981 Waiver LAL

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Alan Hardy.

October 27, 1981 Waiver SAS

The San Antonio Spurs waived Michael Wiley.

October 27, 1981 Waiver DAL

The Dallas Mavericks waived Clarence Kea.

October 27, 1981 Waiver CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Rich Yonakor.

October 27, 1981 Waiver SEA

The Seattle SuperSonics waived Carl Bailey.

October 27, 1981 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Brad Branson.

October 27, 1981 Waiver NJN

The New Jersey Nets waived Lowes Moore.

October 28, 1981 Trade CLE SAS

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

October 28, 1981 Signing DEN HOU

The Houston Rockets signed Jawann Oldham as a free agent.

October 28, 1981 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Sam Worthen.

October 28, 1981 Waiver HOU

The Houston Rockets waived Larry Spriggs.

November 2, 1981 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Larry Wright.

November 2, 1981 Signing WSB MIL

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.

November 2, 1981 Sale MIL NJN

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

November 2, 1981 Signing BOS DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Glenn Hagan as a free agent.

November 3, 1981 Waiver NJN

The New Jersey Nets waived Joe Cooper.

November 10, 1981 Waiver NJN

The New Jersey Nets waived David Burns.

November 12, 1981 Trade NJN KCK

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 Signing CHI MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Scott May as a free agent.

November 18, 1981 Waiver ATL

The Atlanta Hawks waived Craig Shelton.

November 20, 1981 Signing BOS MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Kevin Stacom as a free agent.

November 23, 1981 Waiver DET

The Detroit Pistons waived Glenn Hagan.

November 23, 1981 Signing LAL DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Alan Hardy as a free agent.

November 23, 1981 Trade SEA DET

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

November 25, 1981 Waiver MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Bob Dandridge.

November 25, 1981 Trade SEA NJN

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 Signing NJN DEN

The Denver Nuggets signed David Burns as a free agent.

November 30, 1981 Waiver SDC

The San Diego Clippers waived Ron Davis.

December 1, 1981 Signing SEA POR

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

December 2, 1981 Signing SAS SDC

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

December 3, 1981 Firing CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Don Delaney as Head Coach.

December 3, 1981 Appointment CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers appointed Bob Kloppenburg as Interim Head Coach.

December 4, 1981 Hiring CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Chuck Daly as Head Coach.

December 4, 1981 Signing CHI UTA

The Utah Jazz signed Sam Worthen as a free agent.

December 9, 1981 Sale BOS CHI

The Boston Celtics sold Tracy Jackson to the Chicago Bulls.

December 10, 1981 Firing UTA

The Utah Jazz fired Tom Nissalke as Head Coach.

December 10, 1981 Hiring UTA

The Utah Jazz hired Frank Layden as Head Coach.

December 11, 1981 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Roger Burkman.

December 12, 1981 Signing UTA CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Mel Bennett as a free agent.

December 17, 1981 Waiver DEN

The Denver Nuggets waived David Burns.

December 17, 1981 Sale DEN WSB

The Denver Nuggets sold Ronnie Valentine to the Washington Bullets.

December 18, 1981 Waiver PHO

The Phoenix Suns waived John McCullough.

December 21, 1981 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Dennis Awtrey.

December 22, 1981 Waiver CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Mel Bennett.

December 22, 1981 Waiver DAL

The Dallas Mavericks waived Ollie Mack.

December 22, 1981 Waiver CHI

The Chicago Bulls waived Jackie Robinson.

December 22, 1981 Waiver UTA

The Utah Jazz waived Sam Worthen.

December 22, 1981 Waiver IND

The Indiana Pacers waived Raymond Townsend.

December 22, 1981 Waiver WSB

The Washington Bullets waived Brad Holland.

December 23, 1981 Trade SAS CLE

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

December 23, 1981 Claim SAS CLE

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

December 24, 1981 Trade NJN LAL

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 Signing IND IND

The Indiana Pacers signed Raymond Townsend as a free agent.

December 28, 1981 Signing DAL DAL

The Dallas Mavericks signed Clarence Kea as a free agent.

December 29, 1981 Signing CHI SAS

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

December 30, 1981 Signing DET CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Keith Herron as a free agent.

1982 Retirement POR

Kevin Kunnert retired from the Portland Trail Blazers

1982 Signing ATL

The Atlanta Hawks signed Jim Zoet as a free agent.

1982 Signing NYK

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

January 18, 1982 Waiver CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Mickey Dillard.

January 19, 1982 Waiver CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived Don Ford.

January 20, 1982 Sale IND PHI

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

January 20, 1982 Trade ATL SDC

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

February 11, 1982 Waiver MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Mike Evans.

February 12, 1982 Signing SEA NYK

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

February 16, 1982 Trade CLE DET

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).

February 16, 1982 Trade SEA SDC

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.

February 16, 1982 Trade KCK SAS

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

February 16, 1982 Trade KCK CLE

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

February 17, 1982 Firing CHI

The Chicago Bulls fired Jerry Sloan as Head Coach.

February 17, 1982 Appointment CHI

The Chicago Bulls appointed Phil Johnson as Interim Head Coach.

February 20, 1982 Signing MIL CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Mike Evans as a free agent.

February 28, 1982 Signing SAS DET

The Detroit Pistons signed Steve Hayes as a free agent.

March 8, 1982 Firing CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Chuck Daly as Head Coach.

March 8, 1982 Appointment CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers appointed Bill Musselman as Interim Head Coach.

March 8, 1982 Signing CLE SAS

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

March 9, 1982 Signing HOU HOU

The Houston Rockets signed Larry Spriggs as a free agent.

March 17, 1982 Signing CLE MIL

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

March 25, 1982 Signing SEA POR

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

March 29, 1982 Signing SAS SAS

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

March 30, 1982 Signing DET CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Brad Branson as a free agent.

April 7, 1982 Signing CLE MIL

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

April 10, 1982 Signing NJN CLE

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Lowes Moore as a free agent.

April 11, 1982 Signing SDC SDC

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

April 12, 1982 Signing LAL LAL

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

April 15, 1982 Signing WSB MIL

The Milwaukee Bucks signed Brad Holland as a free agent.

April 18, 1982 Signing NJN NJN

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

May 14, 1982 Retirement NYK

Head Coach Red Holzman retired from the New York Knicks

May 20, 1982 Hiring NYK

The New York Knicks hired Hubie Brown as Head Coach.

June 16, 1982 Trade DEN SEA

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 Trade GSW NJN

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 Trade PHO DEN

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 Hiring CHI

The Chicago Bulls hired Paul Westhead as Head Coach.

June 23, 1982 Waiver POR

The Portland Trail Blazers waived Carl Bailey.

June 23, 1982 Trade CHI GSW

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).

June 23, 1982 Trade DET POR

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 Trade SDC HOU

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).

June 28, 1982 Trade DAL POR

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.

June 28, 1982 Trade MIL DAL

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 Trade KCK NJN

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

June 30, 1982 Trade KCK ATL

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