Who Will Land Fisher?
Derek Fisher has reached a buyout agreement with the Houston Rockets. After being on the Lakers for 12 out of his 15 years in the league, D-Fish was traded to the Rockets along with a first round pick for center Jordan Hill.
Despite all of Fisher’s accomplishments and clutch play, the 15-year vet was treated just like any other player and dealt without any notification as Thursday’s trade deadline winded down. Now the point guard is looking to land back on a championship contending team, but which team will land Fisher? Here’s five potential destinations for D-Fish.
5. Los Angeles Clippers
The loss of Chauncey Billups was a huge blow to the Clippers backcourt. Although the Clippers are guard heavy, D-Fish could provide playoff experience and 3-pt shooting, both things which LAC lacks. It’s unlikely that he’d want to stay in Los Angeles though.
4. Oklahoma Thunder
The Thunder are 33-11 and first in the Western Conference. They have the right combination of guard play and forwards to make a championship run. However, the biggest problem we saw in the playoffs with this team was their maturity. This is something Fisher could provide especially with Maynor out for the season.
3. Orlando Magic
Well Dwight Howard is staying, for one more year at least. The Magic have been playing some of their best basketball since February and are currently sitting third in the Eastern Conference. At the point guard position, Jameer Nelson is having an off- year and the only other point guard getting any minutes on the roster is Chris Duhon. Fisher could fit right in with the Magic and their 3-pt shooting prowess.
2. San Antonio Spurs
It doesn’t seem likely that the Spurs would want to add another veteran player, but they have a serious void in the point guard position. Gary Neal has been playing well lately as the backup, averaging just under 10 points a game, but it’s uncertain how he will play out for the rest of the season. Fisher could possibly be signed for cheap and help the Spurs get back to the finals.
Before Fisher resigned with the Lakers last year, it was rumored that the Heat were really interested in the 37 year-old. Fisher said he wanted to go to a championship contending team. Miami has to be the front-runner in that category. Mario Chalmers is a decent pg and Norris Cole certainly has been a surprise this year. But we’ve seen how beneficial Shane Battier’s experience on the team has been. The Heat obviously don’t need a game changer, they need a veteran point guard. Fisher has won five championships and could definitely help the Heat when it’s crunch time.
While Miami is the likely destination, don’t be surprised if either Chicago, Dallas, or Boston pop-up in the conversation either.