Looks like the fans and his teammates all think alike – bring this champion back to Los Angeles!
LATimes: Lakers guard Derek Fisher remained upstairs at the Lakers practice facility for quite some time. But he wasn’t saying sentimental goodbyes in the possibility he’ll be gone after July once he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He just had plenty of business to discuss.
That, of course, partly involved his future with the Lakers, but it also included distributing the playoff revenue to his teammates as well general topics, such as the events surrounding President Obama and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. It surely reveals Fisher’s comfort level in familiar settings.
Sure, there are plenty of details the team will have to iron out. The Times’ Mike Bresahan and Broderick Turner reported that Fisher, 35, will likely have to take a pay cut from the $5 million he made last season, though Fisher wants more than the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million for a player of his experience level (14 seasons). Fisher also labeled remaining a starter a “priority,” but not a “deal breaker.” And he acknowledged he’ll field offers from other teams so he’s fully aware of his market value. Nonetheless, Fisher’s stance remains clear: “I won’t make a decision before I know exactly where I stand here.”
“I’ve never mixed any statements or positions about winning,” Fisher said, “and wanting to be associated with winning championships and being on the best team in the NBA.”