Are the Lakers Bringing Back Derek Fisher?

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Former Laker Derek Fisher is looking for work, and the way things are going, he might end up back at his old stomping grounds at Staples Center.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Mark Stein went through the details of a possible Fisher-Lakers reunion:

…sources with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking say that the team is already trying to create a backcourt opening, having made it clear to the rest of the league that Chris Duhon and Steve Blake are available via trade to any interested party willing to absorb one of those contracts.”

It’s easy to get geeked up about the possibility of Fisher returning to the team that he helped win five NBA titles. However, Fisher fans will have to hold out a bit longer before they can watch Fish’s unorthodox shooting form in a purple and gold jersey – per league rules, the earliest the Lakers could sign Derek Fisher would be March 15, 2013. Why? In Fisher’s trade to the Houston Rockets last year, players who are traded and then waived by the receiving team must wait one year before resigning with their original club.

That said, the Lakers’ openness to trading Blake or Duhon before the trade deadline in February would create the perfect opening at point guard for Fisher should the club be interested in his services. Given that Fisher is Kobe Bryant’s good luck charm – Bryant has never won a title on the Lakers without Fisher – it might not be a bad idea for the Lakers to give him a call.

James Cypert is a news and feature writer for LakerNation.com. When he's not perfecting his ill-advised Kareem-style sky-hook, you can find him on Laker Nation or follow him on Twitter.