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Derek Fisher still wants to play, is seeking contenders

Mar 19, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

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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.

  1. spellingcopfather - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Spurs would be his best choice at this point, & why would OKC want him they are a run first team!!!

  2. dadawg77 - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Is he better then Mike James? If so maybe the Bulls as they could use him to let CJ and DRose rest a little and have a veteran presence in playoffs.

  3. tlsmlieb - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    In part, I feel bad because Fisher loves being a Laker, just like Odom did. However, the reality is, Fisher is a bit player and got much more playing time than he ever should have considering his limited skill set. His role as a sharp shooter was significant to the Lakers but he was never much of a point guard. Now he is neither and he cannot defend anyone. Still, I would have liked to see him retire a Laker. Maybe when it is all said and done, he will come back to work for LA in some capacity. It just seems like that is what he is meant to do at some point.

  4. kp20520 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Thunder. He’s a veteran presence for the locker room and has inside knowledge of the Lakers, a team they’ll probably have to go through to get to the finals.

  5. allball23 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    They dont need they have john lucas III

  6. dylude - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    This article is so wrong that it’s insulting to ClutchFans and Rockets’ faithful!

    We NEVER wanted Fisher in a Rockets uniform and a buyout was ALWAYS the route Morey was going to take.

    Second, you’re article is factually incorrect because it was the Rockets who got the draft pick and not the Lakers.

    The Lakers forced Fisher in the trade to dump his salary and we obliged knowing he would accept a buyout and be waived, and this was well documented if your site did real research outside of big market teams like LA and NYC. Do better work, at least reference Clutchfans.net before posting a story involving the Rockets.

    I expect much better.

    • Sigaba - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      Do you work or play for the Houston Rockets (“we obliged”) or are you one of those fans who confuses observation for participation?

  7. smiz17 - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Two Words: ORLANDO MAGIC!

    Lord knows we need someone other than Chris Duhon, JJ Reddick, Ish Smith, Von Wafer, and DeAndre Liggens backing up Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson.

    Fisher, despite his age, is better than all 5 backups the Magic currently pay for…

    • therealhtj - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      He’s really not.

  8. flip2300 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Wow Mr NBPA president don’t want to play for a team that’s not a contender? Nice way to lead by example.. He’s a scrub anyways if it wasn’t for Kobe he wouldn’t all them rings..

    • aqzi - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      How is this not leading by example? Part of what Fisher fought for as the president of the NBPA was the right for players to choose which teams they play for as free agents. For some players this means warm weather, others just want as much money as possible. For players like Fisher, it means playing for a chance at a championship.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      yeah and if it weren’t for him Kobe wouldn’t have all of his rings either.

  9. southbeachtalent - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Miami could use him, waive Harris and bring him in.

  10. shockexchange - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    And I want to be an astronaut … But I’m old enough for my “wants” not to hurt.

  11. losangelasbasketball - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    a situation where he could bring the ball up the court, call a play, and then stand somewhere on the perimeter and drain 3’s…. that’s his game…. but then you’re playing 4.5 against 5 on the defensive side….

  12. jleo78 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    If he wants to end the last 2 or 3 years with multiple championships, he will be a Milwaukee Buck by friday.

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