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7. Nov. 11, 1971: The Bullets trade guard Earl "The Pearl" Monroe to the New York Knicks for two reserves -- guard Mike Riordan forward Dave Stallworth -- and a reported $450,000 cash.

Mired in a contract squabble with the Bullets, Monroe -- a future Hall of Famer who led them to the NBA Finals in 1971 -- quits three games into the season and misses 10 more games before being dealt to the Knicks. The Bullets finish below .500 and lose to New York in the playoffs. Monroe (pictured) and the Knicks win the title in 1973. Stallworth, who'd had a heart attack in 1967, never pans out. Riordan plays six more years and averages 12.4 points.
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