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1979-80 Detroit Pistons Transactions

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Record: 16-66, Finished 6th in NBA Central Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Dick Vitale (4-8), Richie Adubato (12-58)

PTS/G: 108.9 (11th of 22) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 117.2 (21st of 22)
SRS: -7.58 (22nd of 22) ▪ Pace: 107.1 (2nd of 22)
Off Rtg: 101.2 (22nd of 22) ▪ Def Rtg: 108.8 (19th of 22)
Expected W-L: 22-60 (22nd of 22)

Arena: Pontiac Silverdome ▪ Attendance: NA

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1979 to June 30, 1980.
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July 12, 1979

Received a 1980 1st round draft pick (Rickey Brown was later selected) and a 1982 1st round draft pick (John Bagley was later selected) as compensation for the Washington Bullets signing Kevin Porter as a veteran free agent.

July 24, 1979

M.L. Carr signed as a veteran free agent with the Boston Celtics; received FROM_TRADE as compensation.

July 27, 1979

Signed Jim McElroy as a veteran free agent and sent Ben Poquette and a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Brad Branson was later selected) to the Utah Jazz as compensation.

August 24, 1979

Traded Andre Wakefield to the Phoenix Suns for a 1981 4th round draft pick (Don Koonce was later selected).

September 6, 1979

Traded a 1980 1st round draft pick (Rickey Brown was later selected) and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Joe Barry Carroll was later selected) to the Boston Celtics for Bob McAdoo. This exchange was arranged as compensation for Boston signing veteran free agent M.L. Carr on July 24, 1979.

September 13, 1979

Signed Alan Hardy as a free agent.

September 18, 1979

Traded Jim Brewer to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Harvey Knuckles was later selected).

October 8, 1979

Waived Alan Hardy.

Waived Tony Price.

October 29, 1979

Waived John Shumate.

November 8, 1979

Signed Eric Money as a free agent.

Fired Dick Vitale as Head Coach.

Appointed Richie Adubato as Head Coach.

January 8, 1980

Signed Jackie Robinson to a 10-day contract.

January 24, 1980

Traded Jim McElroy to the Atlanta Hawks for Ron Lee, a 1980 2nd round draft pick (Brad Branson was later selected) and a 1980 3rd round draft pick (Jonathan Moore was later selected).

February 4, 1980

Traded Bob Lanier to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kent Benson and a 1980 1st round draft pick (Larry Drew was later selected).

March 5, 1980

Signed Steve Malovic as a free agent.

March 17, 1980

Signed Jackie Robinson to a 10-day contract.

March 25, 1980

Released Steve Malovic.

May 28, 1980

Lost Terry Duerod to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA expansion draft.

June 10, 1980

Drafted Larry Drew in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Brad Branson in the 2nd round (45th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Jonathan Moore in the 3rd round (64th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Darwin Cook in the 4th round (70th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Tony Fuller in the 5th round (93rd pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Tony Turner in the 6th round (116th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Carl Pierce in the 7th round (139th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Leroy Loggins in the 8th round (161st pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Drafted Terry Dupris in the 9th round (180th pick) of the 1980 NBA Draft.

June 12, 1980

Signed Jackie Robinson as a free agent.

Received a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kelly Tripucka was later selected) as compensation for the Kansas City Kings signing Leon Douglas as a veteran free agent.