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!
Lakers.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.