Sept. 1, 1977 -- The Buffalo Braves were determined to have a new look when they entered the 1977-78 season. The old look hadn't exactly worked well in 1976-77. So they completed a pair of trades on the same day that figured to change the look of the team drastically.
In one deal, Nate "Tiny" Archibald came over from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for George Johnson and a draft choice. Archibald was one of the most exciting players in the league at one point in his career, a top scorer and passer. He figured to keep the Braves running.
Then Buffalo picked up Billy Knight, a star from the ABA who was appealing to Braves' owner John Y. Brown, for Adrian Dantley and Mike Bantom. Dantley had been rookie of the year, but he usually played close to the basket. If the Braves were going to run, Knight figured to be a better fit.
If you followed the team, you know that things didn't work out well. Archibald got hurt sooner, Knight got hurt later, the team had another terrible season, and the franchise ended up in San Diego. Full details cane be learned by clicking here.
--- Budd Bailey