L.A. Times seems to think that Fisher will be asking for the full MLE. Is he worth it? Should we go after someone else is instead? Then who? Sound-off in the comments!
L.A. Times: Javaris Crittenton arrived at the Lakers’ practice facility Tuesday morning for a physical exam and a meet-and-greet with the media.
Will another backcourt addition be far behind?
The Lakers were as stunned as anybody that Derek Fisher asked to be released from the Utah Jazz with a contract that still had three years and almost $21 million remaining on it.
Fisher’s reasoning was simple: His infant daughter, Tatum, had a rare form of eye cancer. Fisher plans to move to one of a half-dozen cities with appropriate medical care for his daughter.
It’s not hard to envision him returning to the Lakers.
Phil Jackson has a tremendous comfort level with players he has coached, and Fisher was one of Kobe Bryant’s confidants when the Lakers were winning championships. Fisher played eight seasons with the Lakers after being drafted in 1996 and obviously knows the triangle offense after being part of three championship runs.
“The Lakers are obviously close to his heart,” Fisher’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Tuesday.
But Fisher will seek the full mid-level exception of five years and about $30 million, Bartelstein said, which might be too much for the Lakers, who must spend their main free-agent tool wisely.