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Derek Fisher's going to have options

Jul 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

Ask an NBA fan about Derek Fisher and you’ll likely get one of two extreme answers. He’s either a knowledgeable veteran that knows how to hit big shots in the most clutch of situations, who uses his savvy and experience to lead championship teams, or he’s an aging player who’s lost his defensive acumen and only occasionally is able to make significant plays.

With the Lakers signing Steve Blake, there are going to be questions about Fisher’s future. The common consensus is that he’s no longer fit to be a starting point guard. Then again, they said the same thing last year, and he again performed admirably in the playoffs. Fisher certainly thinks he’s worth not only a spot, but the money that goes a long with it, according to one report.

ESPN LA reports that Fisher’s initial talks with LA did not go well enough for an offer to be made, and that Fisher may not accept the rumored $2.5 million the Lakers are allegedly offering. More interesting still, the report lists the Cavs and Heat as two teams interested in signing Fisher if he elects to pursue the finish of his career elsewhere.

Cleveland would be an odd choice, with Mo Williams as the primary starter, but the Cavs did need a legit backup point guard during the playoffs. The Heat, on the other hand, would take a refrigerator box that could dribble if it meant not having to rely on Mario Chalmers. Obviously, the decisions of the Big 3 free agents (James, Wade, Bosh) will impact those teams’ needs, but it does put a plan forth that could see Fisher not finishing his career as a Laker.

Still, we’ve heard these talks before, and the same thing always happens. The player agrees to return to LA, because they know it’s their best chance of a championship, and the cache that comes with being a Laker is too great to pass up. But right now at least, the issue of Fish is up in the air.

  1. jerick - Jul 4, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    derek is part of the lakers winning ways he did he’s part as well so there’s no reason derek will leave the lakers!!!just remember what he did in big time play’s on the court.

  2. Jerry - Jul 4, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    We need d fisher BACK TO L.A

  3. randy - Jul 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Look for a two year deal for Fisher worth 6.75mil or a one year deal worth 3.65K. He will probably start, but the minutes could be divided equally with Steve Blake over the course of the season. Blake will probably be the starter in the second half of the season and certainly by next year. One of the strategies will be to keep Fish as fresh as possible for another run in the playoffs. Lakers still need another guard and another big for the bench.

  4. randy - Jul 5, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Oops, I meant 3.65 millon not 3.65K.

  5. Rabbit - Jul 5, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    The lakers need fisher back. He brings a lot more to this laker team than just big shoots. He brings leadership ti younger players. The lakers need 2 find a way 2 sign fisher

  6. Glenn - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    The Lakers need to start showing Derek Fisher a little more respect considering all he has meant to this organization. He has quietly been solid as a rock. He’s completely under paid as it is when you take to account the salaries of some of his other teamates, combining the fact of his impact verses theirs, on and off the court. I mean we’re talking about championship leadership here, and not just 1 or 2 of them. It’s priceless what he brings to this team, especially when you think about the instability they showed time and time again. Good luck with Steve blake trying to hold it all together.

  7. rh - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Give fish one year at 4mil, then a coaching job next year when Shaw takes over

  8. Chrmngblly - Jul 11, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Yes. Better make him a player-coach right now.

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