Transactions listed are from July 1, 1985 to
June 30, 1986.
- September 24, 1985
Waived Spud Webb.
- November 4, 1985
Waived Jerome Henderson.
Signed Walker Russell as a free agent.
- November 18, 1985
Waived Walker Russell.
Received a 1986 1st round draft pick (John Salley was later selected) and a 1987 2nd round draft pick (Rickie Winslow was later selected) as compensation for the Sacramento Kings signing Terry Tyler and a 1986 1st round draft pick (Harold Pressley was later selected) as a veteran free agent. Detroit had the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Sacramento in either 1986 or 1987 (they chose 1987).
- November 21, 1985
Signed Ron Crevier as a free agent.
- November 29, 1985
Signed Chuck Nevitt as a free agent.
- December 2, 1985
Waived Ron Crevier.
- May 19, 1986
- June 17, 1986
Drafted Clarence Hanley in the 5th round (109th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
Drafted Chauncey Robinson in the 4th round (86th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
Drafted Dennis Rodman in the 2nd round (27th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
Drafted John Salley in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
Drafted Larry Polec in the 7th round (155th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
Drafted Greg Grant in the 6th round (132nd pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.