Derek Fisher is “officially” back as a Los Angeles Laker. He signed his contract this morning at an 11AM press conference. I am so happy he decided to come back to a city which will forever appreciate his dedication, work ethic, and style of play. We at GetGarnett.com wish the best for him and his family first and foremost, and say welcome back D-Swish, it’s DAMN good to have you back!

Derek FisherLakers.com: The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Derek Fisher it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy terms of the contract were not released.

“In evaluating our team at the end of last season, we said we needed help in the back court, primarily a veteran ball-handling guard” said Kupchak. “As we began looking at free agents, we never imagined that Derek would be available. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the opportunity to sign him became an option and we are pleased we were able to do so.”

“With Derek, we’ve added a veteran player that is familiar with the offense we run and who has had great success in doing so,” said Kupchak. “He will also be able to mentor and help our young players develop. He brings leadership and stability both on and off the court and is a consummate professional in all that he does. I am very happy to welcome him back to the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Fisher, who began his career in Los Angeles, most recently played for the Utah Jazz where he helped lead the team to the 2007 Western Conference Finals before losing to the San Antonio Spurs. The 6-1 guard, who played in all 82 games last season, had averages of 10.1 points, 3.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds. Prior to his stint with the Jazz, Fisher played two seasons for the Golden State Warriors.

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  • DeepFrost

    …I am cryin, guys… I’m starting to feel we’re comin back to glory…

  • DeepFrost

    …*sob*… we missed you man… WECLOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DeepFrost

    *welcome

  • Brett

    Booooooooooooooooob!

  • http://Lakers.com Ed24

    I have tears of joy running down my cheeks right now. Welcome back Derek Fisher. We missed you. I hope the best for you and your daughter. Once again welcome back old friend.

  • Brandon

    Thank goodness. Best wishes to DFish. Now what will happen with the team mvp Sasha?

  • megaloco10

    brandon our mvp Sasha will be offer to minny straight up for Garnett,i don’t think minny can resist that offer.

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18
  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    oh and welcome D-Fish!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    Fisher signs his Laker contract
    BY Jaime Cárdenas, Times Staff Writer
    1:51 PM PDT, July 20, 2007

    Derek Fisher
    click to enlargeDerek Fisher on Friday signed a contract to return to the Lakers in a three-year deal worth about $14 million, but he didn’t want to speculate about whether his coming back would influence Kobe Bryant’s decision to remain with the team.

    “I can’t say if it will — I hope so,” said Fisher. “I don’t come in here feeling like I’m the answer to anything, but I hope that I get chance to play with him forever.”

    During a press conference at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, Fisher said his decision to rejoin the Lakers was not motivated by the opportunity to play with Bryant or to make a ton of money or win more championships.

    Fisher made his decision to play in Los Angeles because the city offers the medical help needed to treat his one-year-old daughter’s rare form of eye cancer.

    After Fisher was released from his contract his contract with the Utah Jazz, he chose Los Angeles as the city he was going to play in.

    Fisher said he contacted both the Lakers and Clippers, but chose the Lakers because he feels more comfortable having played for the organization before. The Lakers drafted Fisher in 1996 out of college and he played eight years with the Lakers and was on three championship squads.

    “It wasn’t driven by one particular thing. It wasn’t driven by financials, by the status of the team or if one team was closer to this goal or that goal. It was really what I felt was best for me,” Fisher said.

    Fisher, who turn 33 next month, said his daughter Tatum would be receiving care at the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. He said her medical “status is moving in the right direction.” She’s received three rounds of treatments for retinoblastoma and has improved each time, he said.

    jaime.cardenas@latimes.com

  • Laker8Nate24

    thank god we get a pg that knows how to run the pg posistion! we aint gotta worry about smush jackin up dumb shots and him crying about phil no more! now we just need a scoring low post presence….c’mon JO!!!!!! bynum farmar and 2nd rd pick or something 4 JO, keep odom!….fish—KB24—luke—odom—JO…serious title contenders!!!

  • KB4LIFE

    Finally!!!! a real point guard… who can succeed under pressure,, now all we need is KG and we will punk those losers at phoenix

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    You remeber 2000-2002!!!! YES!!!! The FISH IS back!!!
    Welcome back home Fisher!!!
    I feel the LAKERS are slowly putting a ‘Chip’ quiality team together. When that happens, I can’t to see the lakers again. Watch out the LAKERS ARE coming back.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Now they should change this site to GETJONEALANDKEEP/KOBE-ODOM.COM/LAKERS, KG is not coming at all.

  • Faith

    Welcome back Mr. .4!

    Clippers? EW!

  • http://WWW.GETGARNET.COM KOBE_FAN#24

    WELCOME BACK MR. FISHER. NOW LETS GO OUT THERE AND GET A CHAPIONSHIP

  • double

    So happy Fisher is back! Though I’m hoping he won’t be the biggest acquisition of the off-season.

  • TheFaze

    Welcome back D-Fish!

  • SILO

    WHAT A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES! WE MISSED YOU FISHER.

  • apjoka

    go vote for kobe on WHOS NOW

  • LAKobe4Life

    Welcome Back D-Fish!!! I missed this guy sooooo damn much. Glad to see him back home where he belongs. Everyone, on ESPN.com right now on the Who’s Now matchups Kobe is going up against A-Rod, so everyone log onto ESPN.com and vote for KOBE on the Who’s Now matchup.

  • habib

    fish lookin’ good with that uniform… welcome back buddy

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    I can finally bust out my authentic Fisher jersey once more! Haha

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    VOTE FOR KOBE!!! ON ESPN’S WHOS NOW?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/sportsnation/whosnow

  • BringDFishBack

    I was there!!!!!!!! Woot woot! Unfortunetly the press conference was closed off to the public but i was able to see in through a window, but couldnt hear anything. After it was over i tried to get an autograph and when he pulled out i was able to do it! Asked how Tatum is doing and he said she’s doing great, asked him if he’s gonna keep #2 (they dont always have same # as at press conference) and he said yea, and also told him welcome home. Think he’s gonna make a huge difference.

  • DYNASTY

    FRED,I BELIEVE UR A RIGHT..WE NEED TO GIVETHEM A HUGE PACKAGE..FOR JO..SO THAT WE KEEP ODOM..CUZ I LOVE ODOM..MORE THAN BYNUM..AND REMEMBER KOBE WANTS TO WIN NOW!!!!!!!!!..SO IT WOULDNT BE THE SMARTEST THING TO GIVE ODOM MORE THAN BYNUM..BYNUM,WE LOVE YOU MAN BUT U GOTTA GO!!!=(

  • Ruben.

    Vote for kobe on espn.com Who’s Now Poll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ted

    No Fred is not right, Odom has to go this guy sucks but it’s good to see there are some idiots out there supporting this geek, but that’s ok I think odom is outta here despite a few geeks supporting him. Andrew bynum will be a good center in a year or two though

  • Ted

    JO is not worth Bynum; he is always hurt and has a thuggish reputation just like all the guys who are supporting Odom. We need to trade Odom for O’Neal if anybody, but he is not worth Bynum. Remember Bynum is just 18yrs old. Bynum also has a mean streak remember how he stood up to S O’Neal.

  • http://getgarnett.com Shawn D.

    It was great to see that post LD2K LA is back in business and in no time KG will be here and the suns can go fuck themselves yeah

  • tj

    Great pick-up….Now all we have left to do is trade for KG…and trade for Artest and we’re set…the Suns just cleared some cap money so maybe they are going to be involved in a three team trade with us…that will net them JO,,,and bring us KG.

  • Big Ticket

    [quote comment=”8751″]Great pick-up….Now all we have left to do is trade for KG…and trade for Artest and we’re set…the Suns just cleared some cap money so maybe they are going to be involved in a three team trade with us…that will net them JO,,,and bring us KG.[/quote]

    Yeah I have a feeling the Suns are in a HUGE hurry to help out their division rivals. I hear they can’t wait till we land Garnett!

  • magic32

    what did fisher say about coming back to la? i mean this is a press conference he shouldve said something.

  • habib

    LOL

  • BringDFishBack

    LD2K could you please let me know where you got this photo? Is there somewhere that has a bunch from the press conference?

  • Mad Man

    WOOT! WOOT! glory days WOOT! WOOT!

  • Rhom Dale

    hell, id take derek fisher over mo williams, steve blake, or steve francis any day! welcome back fish! im luvin the 3 headed monster of fisher, java, and farmar at PG!

  • Lakerfan2007

    Wow, you guys are optimists. Fish is a great guy, but the Lakers let him go a few years ago for a reason. He’s clearly not the answer at the point guard position even though he represents an improvement over Smush (I’m a 6’1″ white guy with bad knees, and I would represent an improvement over Smush…).

    KG is the dream, and J.O. is an excellent second choice, but neither should come at the expense of Bynum. Bynum is the future, and unless and until Kobe commits to NOT opting out, you must preserve your future. It is way too risky to part with your best prospect for the future and hope that Kobe will stay.

    Odom plus anybody on the roster besides Kobe & Bynum for either KG or JO would be a nice deal.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment=”8758″]LD2K could you please let me know where you got this photo? Is there somewhere that has a bunch from the press conference?[/quote]

    I got it from CBS Sportsline.

    Posted the images in the ClubLakers.com Gallery.

  • Ted

    [quote comment=”8762″]Wow, you guys are optimists. Fish is a great guy, but the Lakers let him go a few years ago for a reason. He’s clearly not the answer at the point guard position even though he represents an improvement over Smush (I’m a 6’1″ white guy with bad knees, and I would represent an improvement over Smush…).

    KG is the dream, and J.O. is an excellent second choice, but neither should come at the expense of Bynum. Bynum is the future, and unless and until Kobe commits to NOT opting out, you must preserve your future. It is way too risky to part with your best prospect for the future and hope that Kobe will stay.

    Odom plus anybody on the roster besides Kobe & Bynum for either KG or JO would be a nice deal.[/quote]
    I agree with you mostly, but I think we can trade Bynum for KG not JO

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    C Brown / Bynum / Mihm
    PF Odom / Turiaf / Cook
    SF Walton / Radmanovic
    SG Bryant / Evans / Vujacic
    PG Fisher / Crittenton / Farmar

    That’s our current roster.

    If the Lakers want to satisfy Kobe Bryant (which by all indications appears true), they’re going to have to make trade(s) to upgrade the talent ont his roster.

    So now that the Lakers have . . .

    Drafted Javaris Crittention at #19
    Signed Derek Fisher with apx $3M of the MLE
    Re-signed Chris Mihm

    . . . it’s time for a trade.

    So the question is — who is expendable?

    In my mind . . .

    Kwame Brown
    He’s obviously not getting any better. Large, expiring contract is valuable to many teams in this league. Either you deal him or you lose out on a trade piece. Simple as that.

    Another factor is that Andrew Bynum (likely) will show significant progress this offseason. It appears the plan is to keep him unless the Lakers can acquire a superstar through him. Trading Kwame Brown will open the gate for Bynum to make a significant contribution to the team and gain valuable in-game experience.

    Jordan Farmar
    I really like Jordan Farmar. Unfortunately, I like Javaris Crittenton more than him. Javaris has the edge on Farmar in every facet of the game aside from passing and defense (slightly). Farmar shows potential, but Crittenton shows much more.

    To win now, one of the young guys has to go. I’m guessing Farmar is a likely choice, especially with Fisher being plugged into a starting role here. Javaris could be another trade prospect for higher-calibur talent, but I think his potential is too high for him to be dished away so quickly, much like Bynum.

    Brian Cook
    Phil likes Cook’s ability to stretch the floor, but he’s probably lost out on that backup PF role to Ronny Turiaf since Mihm’s re-signing. It’s possible we could end up keeping him because he’s such a system player under Jackson. A guy that just comes off the bench, hits open shots created by double teams, takes charges and spreads the floor.

    Sasha Vujacic
    Sasha gives 110% when he’s out there, but I really don’t know where he’s going to fit in on this team anymore. Radmanovic’s return at backup SF makes Evans a full time SG. That means Sasha’s behind both Kobe and Mo at SG . . . and behind Fisher, Crittenton and Farmar at PG. I can’t see him getting much playing time on this current squad next year.

    Obviously this could all change with a big deal taking place, but it’s likely that these players could be included in such a deal.

    So the question is, who do you think is expendable?

  • http://www.getgarnett.com kevin bryant 24

    fisher its a good player but comonn guys he is 33 years old now i really like the talent of fisher but know i dont know whats gonna happen with jermaine oneal i prefer him more then KG and BEACUSE KG its an old player and he is not going anywere he is afraid to win.
    i mean whats KG thinking that he can win a championship with minnesota????? hahaha KG NEVER its going to win in minnesota. so comon

  • Cyrus

    Warriors appear to be actively ignoring free agents.

    “…If Kevin Garnett really is Chris Mullin’s ultimate target, as recent reports have suggested, then Mully is playing a dangerous game. Putting all your eggs in the KG basket is a losing strategy seeing how superior teams like the Suns and Bulls are capable of putting together much more attractive packages than Golden State. If (and by if, I mean when) KG gets traded to somewhere other than Oakland, the Warriors are going to be left staring at an empty cupboard of free agent choices praying that some of the leftovers can actually be of some use….”

    Full report:
    http://www.hoopsworld.com/article_22835.shtml

  • Lakerfan2007

    darkis18,

    It is probably easier to answer the opposite of the question you asked; that is, who is NOT expendable. To me, that list consists solely of Kobe and Bynum. There is no equal value for the best player in the world, nor is there any trade involving Bynum that doesn’t (i) expose you to no legitimate prospects if Kobe leaves (still a real possibility) and/or (ii) a capped out roster consisting of Kobe and one other star (best case, KG).

    Lamar is a mystery. Potentially one of the best players in the league, but he is ALL about potential and not achievement. He doesn’t bring it every night, and there is just no way that a guy whose career high is 32 points (with all the bad teams he’s played on, that is beyond pathetic) can be relied on. That said, I think he’d be a great #3 guy; he just sucks as the team’s #2 option.

    If there was a way, any way (including, I suppose, trading Bynum), that the Lakers could acquire KG or possibly Jermaine O’neal without parting with Odom, I think that would be great (Kobe, Lamar and KG/JO would be worth losing anybody else on the team). The problem is that other teams have discovered what should be obvious to all Laker fans: the Lakers have no tradeable assets that aren’t named Kobe, Lamar or Andrew. Kwame’s expiring contract, unfortunately, comes with Kwame Brown: a perpetually underachieving guy who has limited basketball skills and no passion for the game and is coming off ankle surgery. Not real attractive.

    I would love it if Indiana (let alone Minnesota) would be foolish enough to accept Kwame as trade bait, but they won’t. Would Sacramento take on Kwame in order to dump Ron Artest? If so, the Lakers would be out of their minds not to jump on that deal.

    It is just hard for this fan to imagine any creativity or persuasive ability coming out of Mitch Kupchak, so I suspect what you see in terms of the roster is what you get. With the improvement in the West this year, the playoffs would be a stretch. If that’s the case, kiss Mr. Bryant goodbye….

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    [quote comment=”8745″]No Fred is not right, Odom has to go this guy sucks but it’s good to see there are some idiots out there supporting this geek, but that’s ok I think odom is outta here despite a few geeks supporting him. Andrew bynum will be a good center in a year or two though[/quote]

    But you remeber Kobe is a true geek because he brilliant on and off the court. But the only time when he was not a geek is when he said ‘i want to get traded’.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Come on guys you know Bynum sucks get rid of him. He not the future. He is probly going to turn out to be a John Sally.Greg Oden is better then him and what he is doing in the summer leagues is not that good though his play makes Bynum look like a joke. But people do say he is the future. You can trade him and if he gets good for another team he always can get traded back to us. Right now Bynum is wasting our time and bench space.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    One thing we should try to get KG or JO, without trading,Kobe,Odom,Vujivic,Tariaf,Fisher,Critt,Walton, and Mihm.I love these players. But if we had to get rid of Kwame
    we need anothor big in return.
    This would be a great packages: (Bynum/Radmon/Farmer)
    (Bynum/Radmon/Parker)
    (Bynum/Radmon/Farmer/Cook)
    (Bynum/Radmon/Parker/Cook)
    (Bynum/Cook/Kwame)
    Anyway there are much, much more!!!!

  • kb24lightsout

    i just hope with 14 players on the roster now, we can trade a pg like farmar or crittenton along with bynum and kwame because nobody will take radmanovic…

  • kobe124 from youtube.com

    welcome back the los angeles “LAKE” where u belong. now we can go fishing for some championships.lol

  • BringDFishBack

    [quote comment=”8783″]One thing we should try to get KG or JO, without trading,Kobe,Odom,Vujivic,Tariaf,Fisher,Critt,Walton, and Mihm.I love these players. But if we had to get rid of Kwame
    we need anothor big in return.
    This would be a great packages: (Bynum/Radmon/Farmer)
    (Bynum/Radmon/Parker)
    (Bynum/Radmon/Farmer/Cook)
    (Bynum/Radmon/Parker/Cook)
    (Bynum/Cook/Kwame)
    Anyway there are much, much more!!!![/quote]

    shows how little you know. First, teams dont make trades based on who you like. Second, 2 months ago we said we are not keep smush.

  • http://getgarnett.com nigga

    Welcome back Fisher

  • http://getgarnett.com nigga

    D FISH!!!!!!!

  • TIP

    Trade Kwame Brown,Jordan Farmar,& a 1st round pick for Ron Artest!!!

    PG Fisher/Crittenton
    SG Kobe/Evans/Vujacic
    SF Artest/Walton/Vlad
    PF Odom/Turiaf/Cook
    C Bynum/Mihm

    Thats a deep team…championship in 08-09

  • punkjones

    Officially, Welcome Back Derek. You are one of the classiest, most hardworking Lakers we’ve ever had the pleasure to watch and cheer for. Props to you, health and peace to your daughter and your family! You’ve been missed in LA for sure. Now my wife may actually watch Laker games again. Saw you at Guitar Center in Hollywood one night years ago – hope you’re keeping up whatever your musical interests are! Rock on D Fish!