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Derek Fisher to sign with the Mavericks

Nov 28, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher was unceremoniously traded from the Lakers to the Rockets last season, before ultimately signing with the Thunder in mid-March. He played meaningful minutes while in OKC, and averaged over 22 minutes per game in the team’s Finals loss at the hands of the Miami Heat.

Fisher’s services were not retained by the Thunder, however, and he has been looking for work ever since the season began. Fisher had maintained that he would wait for an offer from a contender before signing, but with a month gone by and no offers on the table, he’s apparently chosen playing over not playing as a way to spend his immediate future.

The Dallas Mavericks will sign Fisher on Thursday, according to the team’s head coach Rick Carlisle, via multiple reports. Carlisle broke the news to reporters after the Mavericks’ 23-point loss at the hands of the Bulls, one that came after Darren Collison was placed on the inactive list — possibly due to a finger injury, and possibly due to falling out of favor with Carlisle due to his sub-par performance this season.

Fisher can provide a stabilizing force to bring the ball up and initiate the offense, which is something the Mavs could certainly use at this stage of the team’s development. He can also provide semi-consistent long-range shooting, but what he can’t provide is legitimate on-ball defense, which is another area the team desperately needs to see improve.

There’s the whole veteran leadership factor, which of course is a nice intangible to add to any team, and is obviously a plus. But just how much Fisher will be able to physically help in Dallas with his on-court production remains to be seen.

  1. 93warchant - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    career officially over.

  2. dko83 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    The Mavs just got a lot…. older. But srsly, he will only be a positive influence on those players. Probably why he was signed in the first place.

  3. badintent - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I hope his daughter has completed her eye cancer treatments at Cedar Sinai hospital and has had her sight restored or stabilized.I see him become an assistant coach in the NBA soon.

  4. lakerluver - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Hmmm, it was reported earlier today he would sign with a “contender”. I guess that report was incorrect. Good luck nevertheless, D. Fish!!

    • abchome - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Playoff contender!!

  5. nbascreed - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I like Fish…a lot. But veteran leadership is SEVERELY overrated when not accompanied by a useful skill. Steve Nash can still run high screen/roll masterfully, Walter Ray can still stroke the 3 ball and Chauncey (b/f the injury) could still create and score relatively well. These guys’ veteran leadership is an ADDED BONUS to their physical contributions, of which Fish has none (I hate to be so candid).

    The Mavs would do better letting Roddy Boubois develop in those minutes. This (and the Roy/Buddinger injuries) is a situation where I wish the NBA had a true minor league. They could bring guys up from their team who had been running their offense and been in their system that the team was trying to groom. Instead they hire washed up veterans b/c these coaches are SO worried about their jobs they try like heck to hold on to the glory of yesteryear.

    • davidly - Nov 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM

      Severely? And all caps? Is that, like, “severely severely”? Sounds like quite a crisis.

  6. cowboysmavs - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Roddy has had his opportunities. He has proven to be inconsistent and injury prone. D Fish is an ok pickup, but definitely not the answer either. im just riding out this season anyway and praying for miracle major free agent signing in year. We desperately need 2 elite players cuz Dirk is getting old.

  7. 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Wow. Collison is effing up THAT bad in coach Carlisle’s eyes? Beaubois, who was supposed to be the future, can’t even get any love. And Dominque Jones is…Dominique “who he?” Jones.

    Hmmmm…Lakers, start getting on the horn and see if you can pluck one of those guys from DAL (NOT D. Jones though, for Heaven’s sake) for Blake or Duhon. Blake. Or Blake. Because Blake is “better in this stage of his career then Fisher”, like Kurt says.

    Good luck Fish. We (LAL fans) love you bro. Turn back the hands of time.

    • cmehustle - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:17 AM

      Lol, actually Collison is playing the best basketball of his young career. No one in the league wants Blake or Duhon. Sorry kid.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Hey, can you blame me for trying? lol!

        Actually, Collison played his best bball when he was in Nawlins when CP3 went down. He looked like the next coming. Never ever saw that Collison again since he hit Indy. I agree with you, Collison is playing some good ball but apparently his coach doesn’t think the same way.

  8. paulwoodsby - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:33 AM


  9. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Hmmm. Dallas7-9 “not a contender”
    Lakers 7-8 ‘”contender”

    You are a buffoon, you have to know this.

    Lakerluver, you are that little nugget in the toilet bowl, that no matter how many times you flush, defiantly refuses to go down.
    It’s a backhand compliment. You aren’t going down without a fight, but you’re still a turd.

  10. omniusprime - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Good Luck to Derek Fisher having to sign with such a pathetic team in a backwards city. Too bad the Lakers didn’t get smart and dump Steve Flake to bring Fish back to the Lakers.

  11. hoodheisman - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    First Odom, now Fisher… and the Mavs are only 2 years removed from a title. What happened to this place?

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