Mar 19, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT
Derek Fisher has gone through the waiver process — no team was going to absorb his full $3.4 million salary — and now has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets got him in a trade deadline deal for Jordan Hill and a pick but Fisher asked to negotiate a buyout.
He still wants to play, but he wants to do so for a contender his publicist told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.
“Derek’s desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward,” said Jamie Wior in a statement Sunday night.
So what contenders might want him? When he was a free agent a year ago the Miami Heat expressed interest, although they are more solid at the point guard spot now (Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole) than they were then (Mike Bibby). There also are reports the Spurs and Thunder may have interest — the Thunder are without Russell Westbrook‘s backup Eric Maynor for the rest of the season.
No contending team is going to have a lot of minutes to give, but some could use his veteran presence in the locker room during the playoffs.
- USA cruises past Finland in World Cup opener, 114-55 11
- World Cup Preview: USA vs. Finland, what to expect 4
- James Harden on Kobe Bryant return: “He’s 20-year-old Kobe” 31
- Chris Paul discusses his signature shoe, hoops with media at launch of his Jordan Brand CP3 VIII (VIDEO) 5
- 67RIEFNS No. 1: Tom Thibodeau managing his bigs 22
- Derrick Rose knows injury questions will keep coming. And coming. And coming. 11
- FIBA World Cup preview: USA, Spain, then who else can medal? 2
- Official ‘Clippers’ Number 1 Fan’ on herself and Donald Sterling: ‘I’ll always feel it’s our team’ 21