With the Houston Rockets completing their buy-out of former Los Angeles Lakers veteran point guard Derek Fisher’s contract on Sunday night, focus has now shifted to where the Fish will land for the balance of the campaign. Many observers of the Association thought that the Clippers would have been a natural fit for the guard who won five NBA Championships with the other team from Los Angeles, as they lost Chauncey Billups for the year to injury earlier in the season; however published reports are stating that the team is not interested in the 37-year-old veteran.
According to a report from “ESPN.com” the guard playing in season number 16 in the NBA, has the two best teams in the Eastern Conference topping the list of teams he would like to play for; the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat. In Chicago Fisher would join reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose and backup C.J. Watson, who has seen a lot of floor time recently as injuries have kept Rose on the sidelines for some recent games. Although the former Lakers guard would not be a threat to supplant Rose in the starting lineup; he could offer some depth at the point for the stretch drive and the Playoffs.
Mario Chalmers has been one of the most consistent players on the Miami roster all this season; however Team President Pat Riley seems to be always looking for some more depth at the point guard slot. Last year Miami signed veteran Mike Bibby to a late season deal after he cleared waivers; Fisher would be a definite upgrade over the guard now a reserve for the New York Knicks. He also could quickly assume a leadership role with the club; as players like LeBron James and Chris Bosh would most likely be won over quickly by the veteran with all the rings.
Previous reports had stated that Fisher would be able to re-sign with the Lakers on July 1, however according to “Yahoo Sports” because the veteran’s contract has an option for next season; he would be ineligible to play for his former team until July 1, 2013. Fisher has played 13 of his 16 seasons with the Lakers; with the exceptions of playing for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons, from 2004 through 2006 and the Utah Jazz for the 2006-2007 campaign.