Transactions listed are from July 1, 1996 to
June 30, 1997.
- July 17, 1996
Signed Ervin Johnson as a free agent.
Released Matt Fish.
Released Greg Grant.
Released Rastko Cvetkovic.
- July 22, 1996
Released Dikembe Mutombo.
- September 19, 1996
Signed Ed Stokes as a free agent.
- October 1, 1996
Signed Eric Murdock as a free agent.
Signed Darvin Ham 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
Hired Dick Motta as Head Coach.
Bernie Bickerstaff resigns as Head Coach.
Waived Eric Murdock.
- December 12, 1996
Waived Jeff McInnis.
Signed Melvin Booker as a free agent.
- 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).
- February 27, 1997
Waived Eddie Johnson.
- April 6, 1997
Signed Jimmy King to a contract for the rest of the season.
- April 21, 1997
Fired Dick Motta as Head Coach.
- May 29, 1997
Hired Bill Hanzlik as Head Coach.
- June 25, 1997
Drafted Jason Lawson in the 2nd round (41st pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.
Drafted James Cotton in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.
Drafted Tony Battie in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.