SIGNED: To a three-year contract by the New York Knicks, free-agent Forward ERNIE GRUNFELD, 27. Grunfeld, Milwaukee's first-round pick in 1977, spent two seasons with the Bucks and three seasons with the Kansas City Kings, who chose not to match New York's undisclosed offer.
TRADED: By the Indiana Pacers, Center Tom Owens, 33, to the Detroit Pistons for a 1984 second-round draft choice.
DIED: Former Ohio State Track Coach (1931-65) LARRY N. SNYDER, 86, who served as U.S. Olympic track coach at the 1960 Games; in Columbus, Ohio. At Ohio State Snyder coached such notables as Sprinter-Long Jumper Jesse Owens, winner of four Olympic gold medals in '36, and Hurdler Glenn Davis, who won golds in both '56 and '60.
Lee JoAnnes, 89, who helped found the Green Bay Football Corp. in 1922, three years after the first Packer team was fielded; in Tucson. The publicly held corporation now runs the NFL club.