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. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks Re-Acquire Ray Williams

September 17th 1983: The New York Knicks re-acquire Ray Williams

The New York Knicks re-acquired their former 1st round pick Ray Williams via two separate trades. The Knicks first traded backup shooting guard Vince Taylor and a 1984 1st round pick to the Indiana Pacers for future Hawks GM Billy Knight. The Knicks subsequently traded Knight to the Kansas City Kings for Williams. Continue reading →

On This Date: Revisit the 1974 NBA Draft

May 28th 1974: Revisiting the 1974 NBA Draft

Before the introduction of the draft lottery, the NBA draft consisted of 10 rounds. The draft was also held in May, one of the last few drafts to be held before June.1

The 1974 NBA Draft was mostly non-consequential for the Knicks. Entering the night, the Knicks had the 14th pick, but the team traded it to the Bulls for Howard Porter and a 1975 2nd round pick that became Larry Fogle. Both players only played one season with the Knicks. The Bulls used the 14th pick to draft Maurice Lucas. Lucas had several All-Star seasons in his NBA career and won a championship with the Portland Trailblazers. Ironically, the Knicks acquired him in 1981 for Ray Williams. Coincidentally, the Knicks dealt Lucas in the next year for Truck Robinson, drafted in the 2nd round of the 1974 NBA Draft.

The Knicks drafted Jesse Dark & Greg Jackson in the 2nd round and 5th rounds respectively. Both players only spent one year with the Knicks.

The draft overall consisted of 4 Hall-of-Famers including Bill Walton, George Gervin, Bobby Jones, & Jamaal Wilkes. In addition to the players mentioned in the prior paragraphs, both Campy Russell & Len Elmore had short stints with the Knicks later in their careers.