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1980-81 Kansas City Kings Transactions

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Record: 40-42, Finished 2nd in NBA Midwest Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Cotton Fitzsimmons (40-42)

PTS/G: 106.9 (14th of 23) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 106.9 (10th of 23)
SRS: -0.49 (13th of 23) ▪ Pace: 101.3 (10th of 23)
Off Rtg: 104.7 (14th of 23) ▪ Def Rtg: 104.7 (9th of 23)
Expected W-L: 41-41 (13th of 23)

Arena: Kemper Arena ▪ Attendance: 336,385 (17th of 23)

NBA 1981 Playoffs:
Lost NBA Western Conference Finals (1-4) versus Houston Rockets  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Conference Semifinals (3-4) versus Phoenix Suns  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Conference First Round (1-2) versus Portland Trail Blazers  (Series Stats)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1980 to June 30, 1981.
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July 8, 1980

Received a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Eddie Johnson was later selected) as compensation for the Atlanta Hawks signing Tom Burleson as a veteran free agent.

August 12, 1980

Signed Frankie Sanders as a free agent.

September 10, 1980

Purchased Jo Jo White from the Golden State Warriors.

Signed Mel Bennett as a free agent.

September 11, 1980

Signed John Douglas as a free agent.

September 22, 1980

Waived John Douglas.

September 25, 1980

As part of a 3-team trade, the Kansas City Kings traded Bill Robinzine to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Campy Russell to the New York Knicks; and the New York Knicks traded Joe Meriweather and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Steve Johnson was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings.

October 22, 1980

Waived Mel Bennett.

November 8, 1980

Signed Lloyd Walton as a free agent.

December 26, 1980

Signed John Lambert as a free agent.

December 29, 1980

Waived Gus Gerard.

February 12, 1981

Signed Frankie Sanders as a free agent.

June 8, 1981

Received a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kevin Loder was later selected) as compensation for the Cleveland Cavaliers signing Scott Wedman and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ray Blume was later selected) as a veteran free agent.

Traded Otis Birdsong and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Steve Lingenfelter was later selected) to the New Jersey Nets for Cliff Robinson.

June 9, 1981

Drafted Steve Johnson in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Kevin Loder in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Eddie Johnson in the 2nd round (29th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Curtis Berry in the 3rd round (58th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Kenny Dennard in the 4th round (78th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted B. B. Davis in the 4th round (82nd pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted U. S. Reed in the 5th round (104th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Brian Walker in the 6th round (128th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Clinton Wheeler in the 7th round (150th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Randy Smithson in the 8th round (173rd pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Mike Perry in the 9th round (194th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Mark Wilson in the 10th round (214th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.