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Mavs sign Derek Fisher

After last night’s loss to Chicago, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle announced the signing of point guard Derek Fisher.

Darren Collison

Lately the Mavs have been in a slump that is not looking good. The Mavericks have lost their last two games putting them below .500, and sadly Dallas lost yet another game last night against Chicago now making the team’s win-loss record 7-9. This year the team is full of new faces both young and old, but in the point guard position there are only young players. 25-year-old Darren Collison joined Dallas this past summer with 3 years experience. Collison has started as point guard for 14 games this season, while 24-year-old Dominique Jones with just 2 years experience started the other 2. So far this season Collison has been great with the team. On the court Collison is competitive, strong, fast, and has a good eye for open players. Jones has also shown a lot of promise this season. Jones seems like a whole new player and has really grown since last year. I am a big fan of DoJo and Collison is a good player but teams need more than just two point guards that do not have much experience. A team also needs a player with experience.

Tuesday night in the game against Philadelphia, Collison sprained his right middle finger, which caused him to miss last night’s game. Coach Carlisle said, “We need help at point guard. I found out on the way over here that Collison would be out, and we were fortunate to get (Jared) Cunningham active.” 21-year-old Jared Cunningham is another point guard on the Dallas Mavericks but is just starting his rookie season so he has no pro experience.

That is where Derek Fisher comes in. After hearing about Collison’s injury the Mavs realized they do not have much depth in the point guard position. Dallas signed Derek Fisher to come in and help add depth to the point guard position, add some consistency, and be a mentor to Collison and Jones. Carlisle said, “We feel (Fisher) can help us. It’s not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help.” Fisher is 38-years-old and has played in the NBA for 16 seasons, this being his 17th. Fisher has played on great teams like the L.A. Lakers with 5 NBA titles, and the Oklahoma City Thunder who went all the way to the Finals last summer. The Dallas Mavericks are excited to add such an experienced point guard to the team. Mavs center Chris Kaman said, “We’re just struggling a little bit right now. Having Fisher come in tomorrow could help. Having a vet come in like that is great, who can help some of our young guys.”

I believe Derek Fisher will help the Mavs in the way they are expecting him to. I am happy with this decision because it will help the young point guards to grow and will add some experience to the team. With Dirk out for a few more weeks the Mavs really need someone to step up and lead the team. Fisher is a great leader on the court and off. He is the president of the NBA Players Association and led all NBA players during the 2011 lockout. Yes I know Fisher’s age is getting up there but he is a year younger than Kidd and who knows.. it may even be like Dallas never lost Kidd. The Mavs have today and tomorrow off, which will give Fisher enough time to get in a few practices with the team before they play Detroit on Saturday.

Now that the Mavs have added Fisher they must make a cut because they already had 15 guaranteed contracts. Rumors are the Mavs will let go Troy Murphy sometime today, which is ok by me. Though Murphy seems to be an alright player he just looks very lost and confused on the court.

Let’s Go Mavs!

Update: Mavs waive Troy Murphy to make room on the roster for Derek Fisher.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/8688182/derek-fisher-agrees-deal-dallas-mavericks

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/11/28/mavericks-sign-fisher.ap/?ls=iref:nbahpts

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8690111

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Derek Fisher traded to Houston

37-year-old Derek Fisher, #2 for the LA Lakers, was traded on Thursday March 15, 2012 to the Houston Rockets with a first-round draft pick for Jordan Hill. The Rockets even agreed to pay the remaining 3.4 million on Derek’s contract. Derek had 48 hours to report to Houston but Houston and LA agreed upon an extension to 72 hours. Derek Fisher never showed up.

Fisher started his NBA career as a LA Laker in 1996. He played for the Lakers until 2004 when he became a Warrior in Golden State. He was in Golden State for 2 years then spent 1 year in Utah. After that Derek went back to LA and has been there ever since. But last Thursday the LA Lakers traded Fisher to Houston, but Derek never went to Houston. The trade was unexpected and I am sure had to be hurtful for Fisher. The general manager for the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak had stated that Fisher was not given a heads up about the trade, or that he was even being considered for one. During Houston’s game Saturday night Derek was a no-show. Kevin McHale, Rocket’s head coach said, “I haven’t seen Derek yet. I have not talked to him.” Derek had till late afternoon on Sunday to report to his new team.

Sunday night Derek Fisher’s business manager, Jamie Wior released a statement confirming that the Houston Rockets and Derek Fisher agreed upon a buyout.

“After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout. Derek’s desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward. We thank the Houston Rockets front office for their interest, time and their absolute professionalism. There will be no further comment at this time.”

What is a buyout? Well many compare it to a divorce. Basically it is when the team and the play under contract decide to split up. When this happens, the team must pay the player the remaining salary of their contract. Then the player is placed on waivers and teams are given 48 hours to claim him.

In this situation the Rockets would be expected to pay the 3.4 million to Fisher, but according to The Houston Chronicle Fisher gave up the 3.4 million and will not require Houston to pay it. I guess that is the least he can do.

So where will Derek end up that will help him get that 6th championship? Miami? Oklahoma? Boston? In my personal opinion, I believe the teams that have a chance at winning the title this year are Oklahoma or Miami.

UPDATE: On Wednesday March 21, 2012 Derek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rest of the season. When Derek joined the team he picked a different number to wear on his jersey. He decided to go with the number 37, his age. After mentioning how others in the NBA saw his age as a bad thing, Derek said, “So I just wanted to send a message that the Thunder organization and I see it (his age) as a positive that I’m a guy that can still help a team be successful and compete for a championship at the age of 37.” Good choice by Derek Fisher. Now Derek just has to back up his decisions and fight for that 6th championship.

Resources:

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/derek_fisher/career_stats.html

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7702195/point-guard-derek-fisher-not-yet-houston-rockets

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7706447/derek-fisher-houston-rockets-finalizing-buyout-according-source

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/derek-fisher-bought-wants-win-sixth-ring-where-152901429.html

http://www.derekfisher2.com/news/comment-regarding-trade/2012/03/18

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/03/19/fisher-buyout.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2

https://webfiles.uci.edu/lcoon/cbafaq/salarycap.htm#Q62

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7719497/derek-fisher-signs-oklahoma-city-thunder-uniform-wednesday-night

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