7Jun77 Trade a 1977 first-round draft (3-Marques Johnson) choice to Milwaukee for Swen
Nater and a 1977 first-round draft choice (13-Tate Armstrong) .... Brown purchases controlling
interest in the team .... 5Aug77 Lowell "Cotton" Fitzsimmons is named head coach .... 1Sep77
Trade Dantley and Mike Bantom to Indiana for Billy Knight .... 1Sep77 Trade Johnson and 1978
and 1979 first-round draft choices (4-Micheal Ray Richardson & 11-Cliff Robinson) to New
Jersey for Nate Archibald .... 2Sep77 Trade Gianelli and cash to Milwaukee for a 1979 first
round pick (10-Roy Hamilton) .... 7Sep77 Trade DiGregorio to Los Angeles .... Norm Sonju is
named General Manager .... 23Nov77 Trade Shumate, Gerard and a draft choice to Detroit for
Marvin Barnes and draft choices .... Smith plays in the All-Star Game .... Knight is limited to 53
games due to a knee injury and Archibald misses the entire season with an achilles tendon
injury .... 8Apr78 Play their final home game in Buffalo losing to New York 118-107 .... Do not
qualify for the playoffs .... Brown investigates the possibility of moving the team to Dallas as the
Dallas Express .... 7Jun78 Brown and Mangurian exchange the franchise with Irving H. Levin
and Harold Lipton for the Boston franchise, Levin and Lipton then move the franchise to San
Diego
1977-78 (27-55)
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