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Moves we didn’t expect: Derek Fisher traded by Lakers

Mar 15, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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The Lakers had been looking to bring in a quality point guard at the trade deadline (and they did in a deal for Ramon Sessions).

But nobody expected them to ship out Derek Fisher.

But that’s what they did just before the trade deadline, shipping Fisher along with a first-round pick to Houston for reserve big man Jordan Hill.

Lakers fans started asking why? This is Derek Fisher. He of the five rings. He of 0.4. The Laker who has been so clutch for them over the years. The one guy on the roster Kobe Bryant trusts in the big moment (although Andrew Bynum seems to be there lately).

Why? Because Fisher is all those things so they had to move him. For the good of the future locker room.

Sessions is now the Lakers’ starting point guard. He is going to play the bulk of the minutes at the point and the ones he doesn’t play should go to the Lakers’ second best point — Steve Blake.

This means Fisher would have sat. And sat. He would see sporadic minutes at best. And that would have been a politically awkward thing in the locker room where Kobe is Fisher’s biggest supporter. How do you leave a guy like Fisher out of the rotation? Not easily. No matter how professional Fisher was, it would have been awkward.

The Lakers also wanted a little depth along the front line and Hill can provide that.

The price for taking on Fisher was a first-round pick (the one that actually belonged to Dallas and came to the Lakers in the Lamar Odom trade). The Rockets are going to talk buyout with Fisher, according to reports.

Yes, Fisher has played elsewhere before, Golden State and Utah. Still, it will be odd to see him in another uniform.

  1. spellingcopfather - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    After the buyout, come be Tony Parker back up Fish!!!

  2. adzs93 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Fisher feels pissed he got moved from a starting situation to one where he’s the third pg on the roster…and if Houstons allocation of minutes to Jonny Flynn is anything to go by Fish aint gna be a happy guy…Further reason to feel pissed being that they gave him up for Jordan Hill; I recommend people look at the link i posted on the previous story to understand why that might be a bone of contention :)

  3. drunkenjunk - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Is Jordan Hill really worth a 1st rounder? I know the Lakers need some depth up front. Any Houston or Knicks fans got any input on him?

    • xLith - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Not worth a 1st rounder but thanks for the pick! – Houston Fan…

  4. cured76 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Farewell, Derek. You are a class act and you’ll be missed in LA 😦

  5. ezwriter69 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    I liked the Beasley/Crawford/Blake deal better, wonder what happened with that one?

  6. lakerluver - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    D. Fish will always best a beloved LAKER. Fair weather fans criticized him but it’s not his fault he got older. He always played hard, he was always in shape, and he was never a malcontent. I will miss him but I understand why it had to happen. Hopefully Houston will buy him out and he can return to the LAKERS front office.

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Thank you, D-Fish. You will ALWAYS be a Laker to me.

      Laker for life!

    • loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      you said it. D-Fish will always be remembered as a great player to the Laker organization. the guy has done so much for them. i garauntee he will get standing ovations when he visits Staples Center every time…all well deserved. i hope the best for him and his family.

  7. bearsstillsuck - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Lakers got ripped off

  8. adzs93 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Fisher feels pissed he got moved from a starting situation to one where he’s the third pg on the roster…and if Houstons allocation of minutes to Jonny Flynn is anything to go by Fish aint gna be a happy guy…Further reason to feel pissed being that they gave him up for Jordan Hill; I recommend people check outthis link to understand why that might be a bone of contention lool

  9. clydemonkey - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    as much as I love Fish, I think it’s more than a little telling that in his last game Jack dropped 30 on the Lakers. he’s way over the hill.

  10. jc49ers52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I am a die hard Lakers fan but I am sorry I have to say this the Gm and now owner of the Lakers are so stupid and can’t run a basketball team for crap starting with hiring Mike Brown some loser nobody even knew that much about next giving up both of your first round picks for some Shi**y players

    • loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      whoa my friend…harsh words. okay Mike Brown is having some difficulties but look at all the change that happened the past year. he is dealing with the premier basketball organization that went though sme recent harsh changes. i’m gonna give him some slack.

      common man, getting ramon sessions was clearly a wise choice to make. we were forced to upgrade. as much as i love D-Fish, changes had to be made. as a Laker fan, how can you not like the optimism these moves made? i’m excited. we still got the best PF/C tandem in the league, Kobe is Kobe…and now the trades helped solidfy some weak spots. this should be a day for celebration!

  11. dal24la - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    a 1st rounder for J Hill? You mean LA really cud not talk them into a 2nd round pick?

  12. danielcp0303 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Rockets got the best of the Lakers in this deal. Hill has some good moments, but is wildly inconsistent. Not worth a 1st rounder, which is the key in this deal. Now the Rockets can either use Fisher as a backup until Lowry is back, or they can just buy him out.

    • xLith - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Should buy him out. Scola owes him a clothesline from the playoffs.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      please keep in mind…that 1st rd pick will be towards the end of the round…

    • danielcp0303 - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      It’s top 20 protected, so if the Rockets get it this season, it’ll be from 21-30. Rockets do well with lower draft picks. Parsons and Motiejunas, and those were just last year

  13. chadinkc30 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Listen people, do u realize that Fisher has been the worst starting point guard in the NBA this year & its not even close? Do u also realize they just opened up much needed cap space by getting someone to take him? He was due $ for next 2 years, along with Puke Walton! Its a business duh!!!! U people will be the same people that will want LA to pursue free agents in the next 2 years, so for that reason alone its a GREAT move! Think outside the box

    • danielcp0303 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Not true. Fisher has a player option for 3.4 million next year, a buyout would be significantly less.

      • danielcp0303 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

        Facts get me 15 thumbs down??? It’s easy to look up as well…next year is the last year of his deal, and it’s a player option.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        i gave you a thumbs up…but i guess the point is that “chadinkc30” comment rings stronger.

      • mytthor - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        A buyout would only be less if he accepts a buyout.

      • danielcp0303 - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        He is accepting a buyout as we speak

  14. chadinkc30 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    A player option that he obviously would of exercised in staying, do u think he could get more next year from someone else? Or have u seen him play this year at all? I love Fish as much as the next guy, but I’ve seen too many 2 pt 1 assist games this year & he’s a starter! This isn’t baseball, there is a salary cap that means much more than catering to fans feelings or old players that just don’t have it anymore. I’m really happy with getting a cpl pieces to make a run, & getting rid of bad contracts that will help us tremendously! Not to mention the 9 mill trade exception for Lamar, which is looking like a great move also! He’s completely lost without triangle & isn’t worth the coin he was making. I personally would love to get a Deron Williams in offseason, and we cant sign him or anyone else great wo/ cap room

  15. Andrés Garcia - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I hope he returns to the Lakers in a suit. He’s a charismatic and natural leader who has played under one of the greatest coaches of all time. He can still help the team to win rings.

  16. stoutfiles - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Fisher was a liability. He took shots as the 5th best option, and can’t cover one-on-one anymore. He was good, but is not good enough anymore.

  17. leib15 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Is it weird that I’m genuinely sad that Fish won’t be on the Lakers anymore??? Please come back and coach

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      No, it’s not wierd at all. Fish is a Laker legend. I hope they retire his jersey. Hell, they did it for Bruce Bowen in San Antonio. Lakers got robbed on this deal giving up that 1st for a slight upgrade to McBob and Murphy. He would have done really well in a role off the bench for 12-14 min. a night behind Sessions. I can’t stand the fact Steve Blake is still around.

  18. isujames - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    kobe’s drinking buddy.

  19. Chris Carter - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    As a die hard Lakers fan, I’m glad he’s gone, because it increases our chances of winning. As another commenter said above, he is leaps and bounds the worst starting PG in the league right now. I’ve been to games, and people will boo Fish because he can’t make those big shots anymore, or guard to save his career.

    Key part of the Lakers franchise (for his first stint, and a little during his second stint), but as a fan, we only have so much time before we need to find our next Kobe – I’d like to win.

    • davidly - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      I know this is “woulda coulda shoulda” talk, and that some of what follows precludes the others, but…
      we wouldn’t be having this conversation if
      1) They’d hired Shaw.
      2) They hadn’t tried to trade for Paul.
      3) Stern hadn’t nix’t that deal when they did.
      4) The front office had given Odom a few weeks to cool off and kissed his butt until he came back to play.

      With every move they made since the end of last season, the Lakers have narrowed their options. So it appears now that they had no choice. Fair enough.

      But I call BS on the “you can’t bring Fish off the bench” logic. He went so far as to express willingness to sit in favor of Blake even last season. Fact is, he’s been the best PG they’ve had since his return, which might not be saying much, but there you have it. I recall all of the same “worst starting point guard” talk a couple of seasons ago. I think he proved his worth back then in some pretty clutch moments during another pair of championship runs. It’s a shame it had to come to this.

      Now: Forget about this “big man” who – mark my words – will be sittin’ pine like a Luke full o’ Buss money. The question is: Will Sessions pan out? Stay tuned…

      • davidly - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        And another thing: They essentially gave up Odom and Fisher for a guy who is not gonna play any more than garbage time.

        I can’t say I know the behind-the-scenes action here, but if this is Jerry’s boy putting his stamp on the team, well, I can think of things I’d rather be known for.

    • davidly - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      ^^That was meant to be a general comment, not a reply to you directly, Mister Carter. BTW, any chance we’ll see another sequel with Anderson and Duchovny in it?

  20. chadinkc30 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    We still have 9 million dollar trade exception too, & after seeing Lamar away from the triangle, can we really be upset about getting rid of his salary?

  21. omniusprime - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    While it’s sad to see Fisher go it’s about time the Lakers moved him along to find a younger better point guard. Now let’s hope that Sessions takes advantage of becoming a fabled Laker by being the guard sidekick Kobe needs to contend seriously for another title. Thanks to Fish for all his great work and best of luck to him. Let’s also hope that Jordan Hill is the big man reserve we’ve been looking for, McRoberts has been a total bust. The Lakers should have dealt away Luke Walton, the most overpaid benchwarmer in the NBA.

  22. bobthis - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    The same people who were screaming for a new point guard are now screaming foul on the Fischer deal. Yes Fish would now and then throw in a 3 pointer to win a game but it was his getting torched for three quarters that was partially the reason we needed a 3 to win. Derek was and still is a class act and will be missed but no one plays forever.

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