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1978-79 Detroit Pistons Transactions

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Record: 30-52, Finished 4th in NBA Central Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Dick Vitale (30-52)

PTS/G: 110.0 (10th of 22) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 112.7 (18th of 22)
SRS: -2.60 (16th of 22) ▪ Pace: 107.2 (6th of 22)
Off Rtg: 102.1 (17th of 22) ▪ Def Rtg: 104.6 (15th of 22)
Expected W-L: 34-48 (16th of 22)

Arena: Pontiac Silverdome ▪ Attendance: NA

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.
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August 15, 1978

Signed Essie Hollis as a free agent.

September 8, 1978

Traded Eric Money to the New Jersey Nets for Kevin Porter.

September 15, 1978

Waived Al Skinner.

October 4, 1978

Waived Essie Hollis.

October 9, 1978

Traded a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Larry Smith was later selected) to the Golden State Warriors for Rickey Green.

October 13, 1978

Signed Ron Behagen as a free agent.

October 19, 1978

Traded Chris Ford and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Tracy Jackson was later selected) to the Boston Celtics for Earl Tatum.

October 20, 1978

Waived Ron Behagen.

October 23, 1978

Traded a 1979 4th round draft pick (Eugene Robinson was later selected) to the Milwaukee Bucks for Otis Howard.

October 27, 1978

Received a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Brad Branson was later selected) as compensation for the Los Angeles Lakers signing Jim Price as a veteran free agent.

November 1, 1978

Waived Robert Hawkins.

Signed Andre Wakefield as a free agent.

November 22, 1978

Waived Otis Howard.

November 24, 1978

Signed Essie Hollis as a free agent.

December 11, 1978

Waived Rickey Green.

December 21, 1978

Signed Dennis Boyd as a free agent.

December 29, 1978

Waived Dennis Boyd.

January 2, 1979

Signed Larry McNeill as a free agent.

January 13, 1979

Signed Steve Sheppard as a free agent.

January 14, 1979

Waived Larry McNeill.

February 15, 1979

Traded Earl Tatum to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jim Brewer and future considerations.

February 26, 1979

Waived Essie Hollis.

June 25, 1979

Traded a 1979 1st round draft pick (Sidney Moncrief was later selected) to the Milwaukee Bucks for a 1979 1st round draft pick (Greg Kelser was later selected).

Drafted Greg Kelser in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Roy Hamilton in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Phil Hubbard in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Tony Price in the 2nd round (29th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Terry Duerod in the 3rd round (48th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Flintie Ray Williams in the 5th round (92nd pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Truman Clayton in the 6th round (111th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Ken Jones in the 7th round (132nd pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Rodney Lee in the 8th round (150th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Val Bracey in the 9th round (170th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Drafted Willie Polk in the 10th round (187th pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.