On This Date: Knicks receive Maurice Lucas in compensation deal from the Nets

October 25th 1981: The New York Knicks received Maurice Lucas as compensation for losing Ray Williams in free agency to the New Jersey Nets.

The New York Knicks received Maurice Lucas as compensation when Ray Williams left to sign with the New Jersey Nets. Before 1988, teams received compensation for losing players to other teams in free agency.

While Lucas spent only season with the Knicks, be brought along his “enforcer” mentality that eventually became commonplace with the team’s rosters in the 1990s. Lucas brought a level of intensity and intimidation rare at the time in the NBA. He made his presence known on the floor, whether it was trash talking, hard fouls, or flying elbows. He epitomized fierce competition.

The Knicks traded Lucas to the Suns the next offseason for Truck Robinson. He spent 6 more seasons in the NBA, including an All-Star berth in 1983. He spent some years in his post-NBA career as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. Sadly, he succumbed to bladder cancer in 2010.

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