2000–01 Portland Trail Blazers season
The 2000–01 NBA season was the 31st season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Blazers acquired Dale Davis from the Indiana Pacers, and All-Star forward Shawn Kemp from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade. At midseason, the team re-signed free agent Rod Strickland, who was released by the Washington Wizards. Falling nine games below the previous season's mark, the Blazers nevertheless made the playoffs for the 19th consecutive year, finishing as the #7 seed in the Western Conference with a 50–32 record. Rasheed Wallace was selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.
The Blazers faced the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the same team they had pushed to the brink the year before in the Western Conference Finals. However, they were unable to do nearly as well this time, as the Lakers swept them in three straight games on the way to their second straight NBA championship.
Following the season, Mike Dunleavy was fired again and replaced by former 76ers player Maurice Cheeks, Steve Smith was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, Strickland signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat, Greg Anthony signed with the Chicago Bulls, Stacey Augmon signed with the Charlotte Hornets, and Arvydas Sabonis and Detlef Schrempf both retired. However, Sabonis would return for the 2002–03 season.
Portland Trail Blazers roster
- z - clinched division title
- y - clinched division title
- x - clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponents
West First Round
(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4-3)
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Awards and honors
- July 21, 2000: Signed free agent Rodrick Rhodes
- August 13, 2000: Re-signed Greg Anthony
- August 30, 2000: Traded forward Brian Grant to the Miami Heat and guard Gary Grant to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Shawn Kemp (from the Cavaliers).
- August 31, 2000: Traded forward Jermaine O'Neal and center Joe Kleine to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Dale Davis
- September 13, 2000: Signed free agent center Will Perdue
- September 12, 2000: Re-signed guard-forward Stacey Augmon
- September 15, 2000: Signed draft pick Erick Barkley
- October 3, 2000: Forward Detlef Schrempf retired
- October 4, 2000: Signed free agent C.J. Bruton
- October 4, 2000: Signed free agent Todd Lindeman
- October 4, 2000: Signed free agent Ime Udoka
- October 26, 2000: Waived Jamel Thomas
- October 26, 2000: Waived C.J. Bruton
- October 26, 2000: Waived Todd Lindeman
- October 28, 2000: Waived Ime Udoka
- October 30, 2000: Waived Rodrick Rhodes
- November 30, 2000: Forward Bonzi Wells was suspended one game by the NBA for striking an official.
- February 2, 2001: Forward Rasheed Wallace was suspended two games by the NBA
- March 5, 2001: Waived guard Gary Grant
- March 5, 2001: Signed guard Rod Strickland
- April 3, 2001: Guard Rod Strickland was suspended one game by the NBA due to a DUI charge
- April 3, 2001: Forward Rasheed Wallace was suspended one game by the Trail Blazers
- April 29, 2001: Forward-center Dale Davis was suspended one game by the NBA for elbowing the Los Angeles Lakers' forward Robert Horry.
- April 29, 2001: Guard-forward Stacey Augmon was suspended one game by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation on the court.