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1997-98 Seattle SuperSonics Transactions

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Record: 61-21, Finished 1st in NBA Pacific Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: George Karl (61-21)

PTS/G: 100.6 (4th of 29) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 93.4 (11th of 29)
SRS: 6.33 (3rd of 29) ▪ Pace: 89.8 (18th of 29)
Off Rtg: 111.6 (3rd of 29) ▪ Def Rtg: 103.6 (10th of 29)
Expected W-L: 61-21 (3rd of 29)

Arena: KeyArena at Seattle Center ▪ Attendance: 699,952 (13th of 29)

NBA 1998 Playoffs:
Lost NBA Western Conference Semifinals (1-4) versus Los Angeles Lakers  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Conference First Round (3-2) versus Minnesota Timberwolves  (Series Stats)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998.
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July 30, 1997

Signed Stephen Howard as a free agent.

August 11, 1997

Signed Aaron Williams as a free agent.

September 24, 1997

Signed Jerome Kersey as a free agent.

September 25, 1997

As part of a 3-team trade, the Seattle SuperSonics traded Shawn Kemp to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Terrell Brandon, Tyrone Hill and a 1998 1st round draft pick (Pat Garrity was later selected) to the Milwaukee Bucks; the Milwaukee Bucks traded Sherman Douglas to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Milwaukee Bucks traded Vin Baker to the Seattle SuperSonics.

October 2, 1997

Signed Ed Stokes as a free agent.

Traded Greg Graham, Steve Scheffler, a 1998 2nd round draft pick (Ryan Bowen was later selected) and a 1999 2nd round draft pick (Francisco Elson was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets for Dale Ellis.

October 7, 1997

Waived Mark Blount.

October 9, 1997

Signed Greg Anthony as a free agent.

October 15, 1997

Waived Ed Stokes.

January 18, 1998

Traded Eric Snow to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 1998 2nd round draft pick (Jelani McCoy was later selected).

March 9, 1998

Signed George Zidek to the first of two 10-day contracts.

March 27, 1998

Waived George Zidek.

May 26, 1998

Fired George Karl as Head Coach.

June 17, 1998

Hired Paul Westphal as Head Coach.

June 24, 1998

Drafted Vladimir Stepania in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 1998 NBA Draft.

Drafted Rashard Lewis in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 1998 NBA Draft.

Drafted Jelani McCoy in the 2nd round (33rd pick) of the 1998 NBA Draft.