Sources: Derek Fisher nears return
Updated: November 28, 2012, 7:49 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com
Veteran point guard Derek Fisher is close to signing with an NBA team, sources told ESPN.com.
Fisher has decided to make his return to the league after not finding a suitable situation over the summer.
He's narrowed his choices to three teams and is expected to make a decision by Thursday. He's been searching for a role with a contender.
Fisher averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 assists in 63 games with the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder last season. He averaged 6.3 points for the Thunder in the playoffs.
Derek Fisher is expected to sign with an NBA team in the next 2-3 days, according to ESPN.com.
Fisher was used a lot more than almost anyone expected last year by Scott Brooks and we'd doubt he'd be able to play 20 minutes per game again. The 38-year-old guard can be left on the waiver wire in all leagues.
lakersin4 wrote:Where could Fish play 12-15 mins? Honestly, if we didn't have Nash & Morris, & were still in a motion offense, he would be a good signing for us. Under Pringles, Nash with a speedy scorer off the bench seems like the way to go. Fisher is neither speedy or a scorer. But I'd take him over Blake or Duhon. Sadly we already have both of them, so there's no room.
SmoothOperator wrote:^Agreed that taking in 3 players for Pau would cause the Lakers to be over the max... another option besides cutting players would be to find a team that is willing to take on either Earl Clark, Ebanks, or DJO (even in a package) for a future 2nd round pick or something... We'd only have to make 2 roster spots.
Another advantage of the Pau for AK47, Williams, Budinger trade is it would save the Lakers approximately 3.5million in salary, or 7 million after luxury taxes (The Wolves package combine to make approximately 15.5 mil vs Pau's 19 Mil; both AK47 and Williams contracts are up the same time Pau's is up, while Budinger is currently an expiring K). Because of the instant financial savings, it may make it not as much of a deal breaker to force another team to take on Blake's contract.... but then again, Mitch has done a good job knowing how hard to push in negotations to get a good deal... maybe he could fleece Minnesota to swallow Blake's contract.
Center Court wrote:I like that Minny trade a lot...
Other deal would be with Boston:
Pau, Blake to Boston
Bass, Lee, Bradley to LA
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