A Look Back: 2000 Trade for O’Neal (8/31)
Considered by some as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history, the veteran Davis was on the backside of a successful career that saw him earn an All-Star nod in 2000. He was acquired to help Portland’s effort to win an NBA Championship, but the Blazers would fall to Lakers that year in the Western Conference Finals. Davis played four years for the Blazers and, while he played relatively well the first two seasons, his production began to decline in his third and fourth years with the team.
For the Pacers, the less experienced O’Neal thrived, going on to become a franchise player who made six All-Star teams. On the trade, O’Neal said that “…[Portland] didn’t exactly work out… I finally get a chance to show what I can do.” In all, O’Neal played eight seasons with the Pacers, averaging 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game.
O’Neal’s time with the Pacers would eventually conclude when he was traded in 2008 in a deal that included current Pacers player Roy Hibbert.