Derek Fisher on his way back to the Lakers?

Derek Fisher

Derek FisherMany will argue the Los Angeles Lakers have enough dominant personalities on their roster, but a player like Derek Fisher could help the new-look Lakers gel sooner, rather than later.

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.


Is Derek Fisher the new Robert Horry?

Derek FisherDerek Fisher is on the verge of winning his sixth NBA championship. For those keeping count, that would be one more than Kobe Bryant.

During last night’s game when the  Thunder were about to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs the announcers started referring to Fisher as “the New Robert Horry,” meaning that he makes big shots and collects rings.

To be fair, I think Fisher contributes more during the regular season than Horry did. There were years when I didn’t even realize that Horry was still playing until the playoffs started. But somehow Horry is a seven-time NBA champion with 7,715 career points. I’ll let that sit in for a second.

While Horry may have been the definition of “Role Player,” Fisher certainly is not. He and Kobe were the unquestioned leaders of the Lakers who won back-to-back titles. And he brings that same leadership to the Thunder. Read more here…