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1996-97 Denver Nuggets Transactions

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Record: 21-61, Finished 5th in NBA Midwest Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Bernie Bickerstaff (4-9), Dick Motta (17-52)

PTS/G: 97.8 (13th of 29) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 104.1 (26th of 29)
SRS: -6.40 (25th of 29) ▪ Pace: 92.4 (4th of 29)
Off Rtg: 104.5 (24th of 29) ▪ Def Rtg: 111.2 (24th of 29)
Expected W-L: 24-58 (24th of 29)

Arena: McNichols Sports Arena ▪ Attendance: 340,486 (28th of 29)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997.
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July 17, 1996

Released Rastko Cvetkovic.

Released Greg Grant.

Released Matt Fish.

Signed Ervin Johnson as a free agent.

July 22, 1996

Released Dikembe Mutombo.

September 19, 1996

Signed Ed Stokes as a free agent.

October 1, 1996

Signed Darvin Ham as a free agent.

Signed Eric Murdock as a free agent.

October 3, 1996

Signed Rich King as a free agent.

October 16, 1996

Signed LaSalle Thompson as a free agent.

October 30, 1996

Waived Ed Stokes.

October 31, 1996

Waived Nate Driggers.

November 20, 1996

Waived Rich King.

November 21, 1996

Signed Brooks Thompson as a free agent.

November 26, 1996

Waived Eric Murdock.

December 12, 1996

Signed Melvin Booker as a free agent.

Waived Jeff McInnis.

December 22, 1996

Signed Aaron Williams as a free agent.

December 28, 1996

Waived Melvin Booker.

January 6, 1997

Waived Aaron Williams.

January 7, 1997

Signed Elmer Bennett to the first of two 10-day contracts.

January 23, 1997

Waived Elmer Bennett.

January 24, 1997

Signed Kenny Smith to a 10-day contract.

February 3, 1997

Signed Kenny Smith to a contract for the rest of the season.

February 20, 1997

Traded Mark Jackson and LaSalle Thompson to the Indiana Pacers for Vincent Askew, Eddie Johnson, a 1997 2nd round draft pick (Jason Lawson was later selected) and a 1998 2nd round draft pick (Tremaine Fowlkes was later selected).

Traded Ricky Pierce to the Charlotte Hornets for Anthony Goldwire and George Zidek.

Traded Darvin Ham to the Indiana Pacers for Jerome Allen.

February 27, 1997

Waived Eddie Johnson.

April 6, 1997

Signed Jimmy King to a contract for the rest of the season.

June 25, 1997

Drafted Tony Battie in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Drafted James Cotton in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Drafted Jason Lawson in the 2nd round (41st pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Traded Ervin Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks for Danny Fortson, Johnny Newman and Joe Wolf.

Traded James Cotton and a 1998 2nd round draft pick (Rashard Lewis was later selected) to the Seattle SuperSonics for Bobby Jackson.

Traded Jason Lawson to the Orlando Magic for Eric Washington and a 1999 2nd round draft pick (Kris Clack was later selected).