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This Day in Buffalo Sports History

   Oct. 24, 1976 -- One of the briefest yet most significant tenures in Buffalo Braves' history comes to an end. Moses Malone, who had been acquired less than a week ago, was traded on this date to the Houston Rockets for draft choices.

   Malone had been picked up from Portland on Oct. 18 as an insurance policy for a contract dispute involving Bob McAdoo. Malone asked for a guarantee of 24 minutes per game, which considering Malone went to the Hall of Fame doesn't seem that unusual. But the Braves couldn't make it work out, and Malone's stay became a team oddity.

   "If we had kept that one club together, maybe we could have won the championship," former Braves executive Bob MacKinnon said years later. "We had Moses Malone, Bob McAdoo, [John] Shumate and [Adrian] Dantley, all on one club. To let that slip through our hands was very poor."

--Budd Bailey

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