1969 #15

On 1967-01-16, the Lakers, Bullets, and Pistons entered into a 3-team trade in which Ray Scott was sent from the Pistons to the Bullets, Mel Counts from the Bullets to the Lakers, and Rudy LaRusso from the Lakers to the Pistons. However, LaRusso refused to report to the Pistons, setting off a couple of weeks of wrangling in which the Lakers apparently wanted to call the trade off at one point. The commissioner's office ultimately upheld the trade, and since LaRusso still refused to report and stated that he would retire before he would play for the Pistons, the Pistons were awarded the Laker's 1967 first round draft pick as compensation. The Lakers appealed the award as being too steep, and the league later decided to give the Lakers this bonus pick at the end of the first round of the 1969 draft.


1978 #21

There seems to have been a related trade in June 1978, shortly before the 1978 draft, which sent a 1978 first round pick to the Nuggets and a 1984 first round pick to the 76ers, of which the trade involving Jones, Simpson and McGinnis was the completion. The 76ers media guide shows those picks as part of this trade, though the NBA Register and Nuggets media guide don't. The list of traded first round picks posted to the APBR list by Robert Bradley indicates that the full trade was agreed to in June but the transfer of the players was held up due to contractual issues.


1982 #38

The Bulls had selected Garrett as a junior eligible in the third round of the 1979 draft, but he had remained in college for the 1979-80 season. The way the junior eligible rule worked, if the Bulls (or a team to which the Bulls traded his rights) did not sign Garrett prior to the 1980 draft, they would lose his rights and he would be eligible to be drafted again. There was presumably some kind of prearranged deal for Garrett to sign with Rockets.


1983 #44

Dunleavy's NBA Register entries state that it was a third round pick, but other sources say second round, and in the end Houston had San Antonio's second round pick, not their third round pick. There may have been conditions on the trade that could have affected in what round the pick was.


1988 #73

According to draft coverage in the 1988-07-11 issue of The Sporting News, the pick was supposed to be in 1989 but was changed to 1988 due to the planned reduction of the draft to two rounds in 1989. McDowell's NBA Register entry actually shows the pick as 1986.


1996 #26

The NBA Register shows the trade as Rodman for Elliot and David Wood. There is no mention of any additional players or picks having been involved.

The Spurs media guide shows the trade as Rodman and Isaiah Morris for Elliott and Wood. As if to prove that Morris really was included in the trade, it shows the Spurs waiving Morris shortly thereafter. There is no mention of any draft choices.

The Pistons media guide shows the trade as Rodman and "future draft considerations" for Elliot and Wood. It doesn't explain what the draft considerations were and doesn't mention Morris.

The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times all mention Morris, but only the Times mentions the draft considerations. The Times and the San Jose Mercury News both state that the Spurs had the option to swap first round picks with the Pistons in either 1994, 1995 or 1996. However, the Pistons' pick was top 10 protected in 1994, and top 8 protected in 1995. (It looks like the Pistons' pick fell under the protection both years, so it ended up as 1996).


1997 #20

There is some inaccurate information published regarding the Brickowski-for-Gminski trade. In particular the NBA Register is wrong. The Register has the draft pick on the wrong side of the trade. It was Brickowski for Gminski and a pick, not Brickowski and a pick for Gminski. This makes a lot more sense, since Brickowski would seem to have been by far the more valuable player of the two at that point in time. The Hornets media guide, as well as a number of newspaper articles in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and L.A. Times are in agreement that the pick went from Charlotte to Milwaukee, not the other way around. Bucks coach Mike Dunleavy is quoted in one article as saying that the acquisition of the first round pick is the key piece of the trade for his team. One article even mentions the conditions on the pick: Between 1996 and 1998, top 13 protected in 1996 & 1997, unprotected in 1998. It looks like the Hornets' pick fell under the protection in 1996, so it was deferred to 1997.


1999 #6

There is some confusion as to whether Minnesota was to receive one or two first round picks from New Jersey in the Stephon Marbury trade. Under the terms of the trade, Minnesota would get the Nets' 1999 first round pick no matter what, but the Timberwolves had until 1999-04-01 to decide if they wanted to take the pick unprotected or were willing to let New Jersey have top 3 protection on it. If they chose to take the pick unprotected, they would get only this pick. If they elected to take it with protection, they would get a second first round pick from the Nets (which probably would have been in 2003).

We can't find any documentation of what the Timberwolves did, but it appears that they took the pick unprotected, because we don't show them as ever having received another first round pick from the Nets, and there is no indication that the Nets still owe the Timberwolves a pick from that trade.


1999 #14

When the Bucks received the Timberwolves pick was dependent if the Mavericks receive the Timberwolves 1997 pick (top 6 protected) or 1998 pick (teams can not trade first round draft pick in consecutive years).


2002 #20

Bogues's and Childs's 2001-02 NBA Register entry lists the draft pick as a 2001 pick (not 2002), but we have no record of such a pick exchange, so it's probably nothing.