TRADED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, Guard NORM NIXON, 28, Reserve Guard EDDIE JORDAN, 28, and a future draft choice, to the San Diego Clippers for Center SWEN NATER, 33, and the rights to rookie Guard BYRON SCOTT, 22.
WAIVED: By the New Jersey Nets, three-time All-Star Guard MICHAEL RAY RICHARDSON, 28, after the Nets announced that Richardson had failed to report to the Life Extension Center, the league's drug counseling service. Four days earlier Richardson, who had twice entered drug rehabilitation programs during the summer, had asked the NBA for assistance in overcoming his drug dependency and had been directed to begin treatment immediately. Richardson's agent, Jerry Healy, said that a grievance would be filed against the Nets and the NBA.
DIED: MARSHALL (LITTLE SLEEPY) GLENN, 75, former football (1937-39) and basketball (1934-38) coach at West Virginia University and one of the Mountaineers' alltime best athletes, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident one mile outside Charles Town, W. Va.