On June 24, 1989, the Nets traded Buck Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sam Bowie and a draft pick. During his stay with the Blazers, Buck became an assistant coach. He spent seven seasons with the Trail Blazers where he remains the franchise leader in field goal percentage (55.0%). He then went to the New York Knicks in 1996 and announced his retirement from the NBA in 1999.
During his days in Atlanta, Hank Aaron reached a number of milestones; he was only the eighth player ever to hit 500 career home runs, with his 500th coming against Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants on July 14, 1968, exactly one year after former Milwaukee Braves teammate Eddie Mathews had hit his 500th. Aaron was, at the time, the second- youngest player to reach that plateau.