0.4L.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.

Continue reading ‘Lakers close to Fisher’s heart’

  • KB24withKG21

    lakers should get fisher.he might give them another 3peat!

  • lakers4life

    if we are looking to spend the MLE on a PG and we cant get mo williams or the greek pg i say we use it on him, cuz hes better than blake. he can play D, knows the triangle, and can hit open and BIG shots…

  • KB24withKG21

    yah fisher does know the triangle and he can do it better than smush.

  • KB24withKG21

    bryant fisher garnett=3peat

  • Fatty

    Kobe would love to have someone like Fish to help him run the team. If Fish comes, we good.

  • LETSGETKG2LA

    KB24withKG21 i agree

  • Conor

    PLEASE GET D FISH

  • Lakernut

    Show him the money!How in the hell are they not going to give D Fish $5 million and they give it to Radmanovic who sucks.Bring back D Fish!

  • KingKobe

    Give him anything he wants!

  • Ciek

    I’m liking the lakers interest in Dfish. Acquiring a PG who knows the triangle would be great for our current roster. We wouldn’t have to trade Lamar or Bynum.

  • lakerfan81

    I know the lakers need a PG. And I love Derek Fisher. But as of right now the lakers only have 11 people on contracts. that leaves two spots to fill. The only money the lakers can use to fill roster spots is the MLE and vet minimums. So using the whole MLE on fisher might not be such a good Idea.

  • Another_LAL_Fan

    I’m with ‘lakerfan81’…
    I’m a huge fan of Fisher. But, use whole MLE, unfortunatly, may not be a good idea!

  • JAY

    even if d-fish comes back it still won’t give them a chance to win…he’s old and he has baggage on him all season cuz of his daughters’ illness so it will be hard for him to play due to personal issues he’s gotta deal with……..still ain’t enuff….and he aint worth MLE….end of story!

    love D-FISH tho always gonna be a Laker at heart.

  • Lakernut

    they are eventually going to pay the luxury tax if they aquire Garnett, bring back Fisher!and aquire a vet for the minimum, shit i should be the Lakers GM

  • BringDFishBack

    I want this to happen soooooooooooooooooooooo bad. He would be a perfect fit, and we could trade jarvis to the heat for a big/foward cuz they want him and we dont need 3 pgs.

  • “Billy” Kupchak

    [quote comment=”5346″]I know the lakers need a PG. And I love Derek Fisher. But as of right now the lakers only have 11 people on contracts. that leaves two spots to fill. The only money the lakers can use to fill roster spots is the MLE and vet minimums. So using the whole MLE on fisher might not be such a good Idea.[/quote]

    Actually, the Lakers want to go with a 14-man roster this year, so that would mean 3 more open spots. They could go all the way to 15, but that want to keep it 14, so that they could use the veteran’s minimum on someone like Chris Webber if they decide to join the Lakers during the season.

  • lakerfan81

    [quote post=”472″]Actually, the Lakers want to go with a 14-man roster this year, so that would mean 3 more open spots. They could go all the way to 15, but that want to keep it 14, so that they could use the veteran’s minimum on someone like Chris Webber if they decide to join the Lakers during the season.[/quote]

    I know that i was just using 13 as the minimum.

    I think fisher would be a great fit. 3 yes at 8-10M. I wouldn’t mind having him share time in the back court with Farmar and perhaps Crittenton. Asking for the full MLE is just doing what agents are supposed to do. IF he decides that LA is where his daughter can get the best care then he will probably sign with the Lakers. I think C-Webb would fit perfectly for the vet min for 1 year. Particularly if we traded for JO or Garnett. He rebounds, plays defense and is a great passer and has a good shot. He’s not what he used to be before the knee injuries but would be a nice addition sharing time as a back up at PF/C.

  • Lakernut

    Webber doesn’t play D but would be nice off the bench

  • J-Cool

    Billy

    We Got 12 Players On Contract With Walton Back On The Team And Jarvis Signed His Contract.

  • LAKOBE

    Hey, why not not bring D-Fish back.

  • http://www.lakerfreak.homestead.com lakerfreak

    give him the MLE if he wants it he is worth it

  • lakers4life

    was kobe on the radio today or was it a old interview??

  • RC

    [quote comment=”5370″][quote post=”472″]Actually, the Lakers want to go with a 14-man roster this year, so that would mean 3 more open spots. They could go all the way to 15, but that want to keep it 14, so that they could use the veteran’s minimum on someone like Chris Webber if they decide to join the Lakers during the season.[/quote]

    I know that i was just using 13 as the minimum.

    I think fisher would be a great fit. 3 yes at 8-10M. I wouldn’t mind having him share time in the back court with Farmar and perhaps Crittenton. Asking for the full MLE is just doing what agents are supposed to do. IF he decides that LA is where his daughter can get the best care then he will probably sign with the Lakers. I think C-Webb would fit perfectly for the vet min for 1 year. Particularly if we traded for JO or Garnett. He rebounds, plays defense and is a great passer and has a good shot. He’s not what he used to be before the knee injuries but would be a nice addition sharing time as a back up at PF/C.[/quote]

    LF81, what the F*CK, Fisher given $8-10 million each year for 3 years (total of $24-30 million), what are you smoking McHale Hunting Pipe or are you working with MONOPOLY money, No way, shape, form or fashion will Fisher get that kind of loot. Fisher is a nice bench player at best, he is more than 4 years older than Kobe, and his little shrimpy body is slowing down as I saw in the playoffs. I know, it is not easy being a Great GM, but fisher does not get any more than $8 million combined for 3 years total, and 3 years is the MAXIMUM that he receives. He was clearly to be overpaid by Utah for his 3 years remaining at $21 million, and now you want to pay him more.

    No fisher is ANOTHER nice story, but as a GREAT GM, Fisher you can play for us OFF THE BENCH, but you get no more than $8 million for your 3 years combined.

    I know, I have to make the touch decisions in order to help Kobe and the Lakers return to championship status, Fisher it is not personal, it is JUST BUSINESS!!!!

  • kgmvp

    Get Derek Fisher he may not be an all star but he is great fit with the lakers the lakers need a pg and what so good about it is that if we get him we wwon´t have to teach the triangle for him cause he knows it very well. I say get pg who knows the plays of phil jackson rather than get somebody and teach him.

  • TheFaze

    a new article: Fisher has interest in coming to Knicks

    http://www.nj.com/knicks/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1183523600182920.xml&coll=1

  • TheFaze

    Source: Blake seeks $6 million

    http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_6300564

  • getgasol

    Get Derek Fisher back. give him the full MLE. I was saying this even before Fish left the Jazz. The Lakers should have their heads examined for ever letting him go. Fish was arguably their best player after Shaq & Kobe. I would rather the Lakers get Fish back than any other free agents. The Lakers weakest position is at point guard, and during the Laker’s 3 championships, no one on the Lakers played that position better. Besides, the triangle offense doesn’t need a true point guard anyway. Spending a ton of money trying to get someone like Kidd or Nash would be a waste. GET FISH!!!

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