There may be some behind the scene manuever going on within the Houston Rockets organization as “ESPN.com” reported that veteran point guard Derek Fisher who was traded to team in a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, was not with the team on Saturday as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center 95-91. The 37-year-old guard went to the Rockets in exchange for center Jordan Hill, after the Lakers acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers in another deal on Thursday.
Rockets bench boss Kevin McHale told reporters before the contest that the former Lakers guard was not with the club and claimed he had no idea what the circumstances were behind Fisher not being with the squad. The Houston coach said “I haven’t seen Derek yet. I have not talked to him. That’s not in my job description. He’s not here. If he was here he’d play. He’s not here. I haven’t seen him yet.”
There has been speculation that the Rockets would offer the veteran a buy-out rather than pick up his contract option for next season said to be for $3.4 million. With the lack of information forthcoming from the team, coupled with Fishers absence on Saturday night; one tends to wonder if Fisher will spend any time in a Houston uniform. The other player that the team acquired on Thursday, former Portland Trail Blazers big man Marcus Camby was in the building but was not in uniform.