NBA Rumors – Derek Fisher to LA Lakers?
Derek Fisher is one of the most popular LA Lakers of all time, but the NBA veteran is still looking for a new home after playing last season with LA and Oklahoma City.
The 38-year-old point guard showed up at some recent practise sessions in Los Angeles and that has sparked rumors about his return to Southern California. Fisher averaged over 5 points and nearly three assists in the league last season, but his lack of quickness led to breakdowns in defense and the team released Fisher.
The LA Lakers are nearly at $100 million in salary, but adding some help for their bench at the veteran's minimum is still a good option heading into training camp. The team doesn't have a solid backup to Steve Nash and while Fisher is still a liability on defense, he can still run the second unit and give the team some solid minutes off the bench.
The LA Lakers are now a favorite to win the 2012-13 NBA Championship, but it wouldn't hurt to add some insurance, especially in the back-court where the team has a lack of depth and his presence could help the younger guards on the team until they gain the experience needed to play for a contending team.