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Lakers, Derek Fisher not near each other on contract offer

Jul 2, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Fisher Trophy.jpgA lot of fans only see playoff Derek Fisher, the guy taking over Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter. The guy who is unflappable under pressure, who embraces the big stage.

But regular season Derek Fisher is not that guy. He is no longer a good — often not even an adequate — defender. He shot 38 percent from the floor last year. He gave the Lakers an inefficient 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season. There is a reason the Lakers are looking for a new point guard to play most of the minutes for the team. Father time hasn’t just caught up with Fisher, he’s passed him.

Fisher wants a contract for playoff Fisher. The Lakers are offering a deal for regular season Fisher, the guy turning 36 before next season.

And he may not be back, according to Broderick Turner in the Los Angeles Times.

Fisher made $5 million last season. He wants a multi-year deal at that same rate. The Lakers are offering a one-year deal and a pay cut.

Fisher is represented by Rob Pelinka, who also represents Kobe Bryant. So the Lakers will walk on eggshells a little. But giving Fisher a multi-year deal would be a mistake.

Rumor is that both Miami and Cleveland are lurking around, should Fisher decide to court other offers. For now it is all Los Angeles.

  1. Artie Ron - Jul 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    end of the day its still business as usual. Fisher in the playoffs is a masterpiece, but given the current state of the economy I think both sides must look at this objectively. Fisher has a daughter with cancer and kids that will go to college someday. Fisher who dragged the Lakers to an unprecedented 2nd straight title in as many years. Fisher who is a career playoff icepick. Fisher who wants to get paid for his efforts in crunch time. 3.7 sounds good, with 1 year and 2nd year option and a job in the front office to sweeten the deal. He is limited but the Lakers should keep him for his court coaching.

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