Friday, November 21, 2014
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Welcome back Fish!

TSN: The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed free agent guard Derek Fisher, the club announced Wednesday.

Per team policy, no details of the deal were released. However, according to a report in Monday’s Los Angeles Times, Fisher has agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the team he helped to the last two NBA titles.

Fisher, who turns 36-years old in August, was reportedly being wooed by Pat Riley and the new-look Heat after LeBron James and Chris Bosh signed contracts with the team last week.

But Fisher will stay in LA, where he has spent 11 of his 14 NBA seasons, including the last three. Fisher was also with the Lakers for their three- peat from 2000-2002.

“At the end of the day, there’s one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts,” Fisher said in a statement. “I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles…Let the hunt for six begin.”

Contine reading ‘Lakers officially re-sign Derek Fisher’

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A possible return for “Cannon” Brown?

Twitter: ESPN.com sources say Lakers still talking to Shannon Brown about a return. Two-time champs obviously still want more guard depth

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So he hasn’t changed at all has he? T-Mac anyone?

ESPN: Raja Bell won’t be meeting face-to-face with longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant after all.

He’s signing with the Utah Jazz instead.

Sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.com that Bell and the Jazz have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth nearly $10 million, forcing Bell to cancel his sit-down in Los Angeles with Bryant that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

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Here is your newest Laker in the best jersey in the league. Welcome Steve Blake, officially, to the Lakers!

Though, we may need to make sure Steve does something about those shoes!

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Kobe doing some serious recruiting on his old nemesis. It seems that he is dead serious on having Raja on the team!

ESPN: Bell is traveling to Los Angeles this week to watch the ESPYs and has arranged to meet with Bryant to hear the Lakers’ face of the franchise make yet another recruiting pitch to the 33-year-old swingman.

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Kobe shows how strong his friendship with Derek is. Thanks Kobe!

ESPN: Bryant has seen all that for the past 14 years. Seen it and nodded his head in assent.

There is no real way to value that, except to never let it get away once you’ve found it.

So when it came time for the Lakers to put a value on his longtime friend and teammate, Bryant thought little about lending his support to the cause.

According to sources close to the situation, Bryant didn’t just voice his support for Fisher’s return; he made sure it happened.

“Kobe really proved his allegiance in all of this,” one source said. “Kobe is a loyal, true friend to Derek, and he proved that this week.”

Fisher is no sycophant to Bryant, though. Far from it.

He is, for lack of a better word, Bryant’s counterweight.

Gravitas personified. The force that keeps Bryant and the Lakers grounded and in balance.

Continue reading ‘Derek is back… thanks to Kobe’

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Fisher is back!

ESPN: Derek Fisher has decided to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Credit Kobe Bryant with the assist.

“I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles,” Fisher said in a statement. “While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this offseason, it is the most valuable. I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin.”

The Lakers have won two straight titles and five in Fisher’s tenure with the team. He gets a three-year deal to return, with a player option on the final year. Monetary terms were not immediately available.

The Lakers were waiting for the deal to be completed before announcing anything.

“Nothing is signed yet,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “We’re in continuous dialogue with [Fisher’s] representative and we hope to announce something soon.”

Continue reading ‘It’s official, Fisher to re-sign with Lakers!’

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We all hope its true!

Yahoo! Sports: A source close to Derek Fisher said he’s confident the free-agent guard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers instead of going to the Miami Heat. Fisher reportedly received a $2.5 million offer for next season from the Lakers. He has been seeking a two-year contract with a starting salary closer to the $5 million he made last season.

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Ron seems a bit upset at whats being said about Kobe lately.

Twitter: I can’t believe the people of Miami said Kobe sucks. And I can’t believe mark Cuban continues to doubt Kobe. I’m gonna tell Kobe about this

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One Celtic legend giving love to one major Lakers legend.

Boston.com: “I watch all the teams and what they did for LeBron, and [the Heat] still have to go through the Lakers with Kobe Bryant out there, who’s been my favorite player for a long time,’’ said Pacers president Larry Bird. “And I don’t think whatever they do in the East is really going to concern him that much.’’

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This is good news after Fisher met with the Heat.

ESPN: Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the Lakers have made a second offer to Fisher, stronger than the one-year, $2.5 million deal that was originally reported.

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This is turning out to be another “Lamar Odom” re-signing process all over again. UDATE: The “compelling offer” turned out to be the Veteran’s Minimum, as it was the only amount they could offer him.

ESPN: Team president Pat Riley and owner Micky Arison met with free agent point guard Derek Fisher for three hours at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in downtown Miami on Saturday and made Fisher a “compelling” offer, an NBA source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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