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Rockets to buy out contract of Derek Fisher

Mar 16, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT


The Lakers needed to move Derek Fisher for political reasons in the locker room — can you have a guy the Lakers fans love and the team signed because Kobe Bryant wanted him to sitting at the end of the bench? Almost never in the game? His play warrants him sitting, but fans won’t see it that way. Media would ask Kobe what he thought, it would be a topic for talk radio, it would be a distraction the Lakers don’t need.

The Rockets traded for him but they really don’t need him either — so they are going to buy out his contract. That according to a tweet from Fran Blinebury of

Fisher has a player option for $3.4 million for next season that he certainly was going to pick up. The Rockets will certainly have to compensate him for that.

Once he is bought out, he will be a free agent. There was interest from the Miami Heat last year, and it wouldn’t be stunning to see a contender or near contender add him for the stretch run.

And no, the Lakers are not going to be that team. Aside the reasons mentioned above, the CBA prevents the Lakers from re-signing him until July after trading him.

Also, we have to say this — Fisher the player does not bring much at all to the table any more. On any contending team he is likely the third point guard (as he would have been in Los Angeles behind Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake). Lakers fans are understandably sentimental about him, but the reality is if he were any other player with another franchise he would not have gotten his last contract. A team might bring him in now to provide championship experience in the locker room and a little guard depth, but he can’t contribute much on the court anymore. Even in the final seconds.

This ending is not how I will choose to remember Fisher. But this is pretty much the end.

  1. teedraper - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    You talk to much. Fisher is needed for the playoffs where he’s never let us down.

  2. kenyanteg123 - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    This would be a perfect time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to give Derek Fisher an offer. With the Cavs giving away Ramon Sessions, they don’t have anyone to back up Kyrie Irving and this would be perfect for the Cavs because Fisher is a veteran, he’s a good shooter, can play defense, and he could really help Cleveland make a playoff push for the 8th seed and also, coach some of the younger players on the roster. D. Fish to Cleveland!

    • SmackSaw - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Nobody wants to go to Cleveland.

    • adnan604 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      you lack some sort of basketball knowledge boy i’ll tell ya hwat !

      wth are you on dude ? do you not know about Daniel boobie Gibson ? the guy who started as a PG and VERY much contributed to the Cavs when LeBron was in town, he was basically LeBron’s running mate, I remember one playoff series against Detroit the other year he averaged like 30ppg that series.
      He has been lost in the mess that’s been Cleveland since LeBron left like everyone else on that roster and organization, but his playing time and contribution has picked up noticeably recently…

      this guy can still be a starting PG in this league HE HAS PROVEN that… but his play right now is to backup Kyrie, so once again who’s gonna take you seriously when you’re thinking a washed up Fisher would be a better choice over a guy who can still ball his butt off in Gibson ?

      I am surprised you got 30 thumbs up on that, too many kids on this site with little knowledge of basketball

    • adnan604 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:31 AM

      and a big a$$ LOL at your Fisher can still play defense comment….

      bahahahaha, that’s just so wrong, everyone and their momma knows Fisha ain’t been able to play defense for years now, it’s literally sad watching him try to guard other teams PG’s, i just feel sorry for him..

  3. loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    i hope a team picks him up to finish out the season and then retire. in the end, D-Fish should be happy…happy and thankful that he had a successful career playing on 5 Title teams, able to play along side his buddy Kobe, making critical/clutch shots in the playoffs, and be forever considered one of the great fan favorites.

    here…i’ll make everyone a little more sad about D-Fish…

  4. kerby720 - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    The Lakers may not be able to resign him once he gets bought out, but he will be coming back to LA as an assistant coach. Mark it!

  5. zacksdad - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Come back to the Lakers as a bench coach. Your leadership will work great from there.

  6. danielcp0303 - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Thankful I’ll never see him in a Rockets uniform

  7. jimeejohnson - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Luckily there’s a lot more to life than basketball.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:29 AM

      especially when you have million$ of other things to keep you occupied…

  8. raidmagic - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Come play in Orlando you can’t be any worse than duhon

    • therealhtj - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      You wanna bet?

  9. zblott - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    “But he can’t contribute much on the court anymore. Even in the final seconds.” Then what’s this video of him downing the Mavs with 3 seconds left from earlier this season?

  10. chadinkc30 - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Can play defense? I’m sorry, but I thought it was 2012, not 2005! Love Fish, but we got rid of his contract, and people forget that we got Jordan Hill, who isn’t a complete scrub either! More valuable than Fisher, Puke Walton, or 4 other guys on the bench

  11. socaldrew - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    I still secretly hope to see Fish in a suit on the Lakers’ bench. The man knows his basketball inside and out and has deliever time and time again. He can impart knowledge on players that many coaches don’t have. Experience in those big moments is what may set him apart as a coach some day.

  12. going4iton4th - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    100% agree—-it’s kind of like Hines Ward with the Steelers. You have to appreciate Derek Fisher as a player but his time has come. I think being president of the players association in addition to a great NBA career sets him up well for the future. He seems like a great all around family guy too (getting traded from Utah back to LA due to his child’s health). I’d say he could do TV or coaching for sure.

  13. ibchuck33 - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    He was one of the best…..floppers ever

    • zacksdad - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Nah, Vlade Divac owns that crown. Fish may have flopped sometimes, but he also took some pretty hard charges.

  14. losangelasbasketball - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I appreciate the Rockets for taking on Fisher’s contract and allowing Fish to retire gracefully…. houston is a class act just like fisher…

  15. thebigkahuna23 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Why not the wizards? We’re a team that has cap to give him a little extra if he wants. Johns Hopkins is real close for his daughter, I’m not sure if that’s still an issue though. We’re also a team in need of some veteran leadership. I think he could help out Wall and Mack a lot

  16. thelakeshow562 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Fish we as the LAKERS wish u the best for all your hard years and dedication you my boy Fisher you have earned a pass

  17. xLith - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Thank you my Rockets… Good riddance captain flopper, dirty player. Too bad Scola won’t get a shot in since you never made it here.

  18. 27xwschamps - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Turn out the lights !!! The partys over…

  19. omniusprime - Mar 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Derek Fisher deserves better than to have his contract bought out by a lowly team like the Rockets, but better them than the Lakers. While I’ll miss his Fish Swishes at the end of games to win Fisher really had become a liability to the team and needed to be dealt. Good riddance to Walton and Kapono who were vastly overpaid bench warmers. I liked what I heard on the Lakers pre game show when Sessions and Hill were interviewed. Sessions looked good in his first game as a Laker and will give us Laker fans a new young rising star to root for. Some smart team ought to pick up Fisher for his experience, he’d be a great mentor for some young point guard like Irving. Good Luck Fish and Thanks for the many great memories!

  20. 1776blues - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    The idea that this was for a salary dump has been questioned when you consider that 3.4 million is not very much. But consider this, Fisher will be bought out and one team that has been interested in Fish may just pick him up, not as a starter, but as a savvy vet who has shown he can hit big shots, that team is Miami. Fisher’s contributions can’t be measured in stats alone. I am surprised on how many Laker fans have bashed Fisher since the trade. Some were outright brutal and many were ignorant. Fisher came ready to play, not afraid to dive after balls, but his hustle will be missed. However, the way these so-called fans unleashed on Fisher you’d swore that the Lakers just landed Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Sessions may or may not be the guy we need but the fact remains a rookie started over him in Cleveland. As for Blake, he is a complete waste, and he should have gone.

    Kelly Dwyer at Yahoo wrote this;
    “Losing Fisher knocks $3.4 million off of those payments. And that’s it. They’re not under the cap, and they still have to pay a ton of luxury tax cash to non-tax paying teams. They just sold out everyone’s favorite teammate for a flighty big forward who won’t play much, and $3.4 million dollars.
    And they gave the Rockets a first-round pick in the process. A solid one, too, if the Dallas Mavericks improve and post a record within the NBA’s top 10 this year, which allows the conditions to be taken off and Houston to utilize the conditional selection in this year’s deep draft.”;_ylt=AmqxbIMhdtrvjFS5FI5mDbC8vLYF

  21. bobthis - Mar 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Sports history is full of athletes who stayed around too long. Unitas went to the Chargers and was embarrassed. Nameth played for the Rams and could hardly walk. Kareem averaged 3 points a game in his last year. The list goes on. It seems that Montana Jordon and Elway were the ones who knew when to stop. Derek Fisher has always been a class act but there is a time to step down and make the next 50 years as productive as the first 37.

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