At 38 years of age and retirement staring him at the face, Derek Fisher is a free agent.
One more chance at an NBA title would put a pretty bow on top of a solid NBA career.
Rumors have surfaced of his return to the Lakers, especially since an injury to Steve Nash could leave him out for four weeks.
Is a return back to the Lakers a possibility? According to ESPN’s Marc Stein – yes. Per the report:
It’s not feasible for the Lakers to bring back Fisher now, with a payroll approaching $100 million, but sources with knowledge of their thinking say that the team has made it clear to the rest of the league that Chris Duhon and/or Steve Blake are available via trade to any interested party willing to absorb their respective contracts.
While it’s true that no trade is imminent in either case, that’s also the norm in October when outlooks are still rosy in pretty much every NBA training camp and teams generally aren’t ready to move. Could the Lakers eventually find a taker for one of those vets? Blake has one season left on his contract after this one valued at $4 million, but Duhon’s $3.75 million salary in 2013-14 is unguaranteed, which makes his contract a more attractive acquisition.