Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Derek Fisher‘s name wasn’t on any free agent hot list outside of Los Angeles.
But his phone was ringing after midnight, just like all the rest of the members of the Class of 2010. The Los Angeles Lakers have a decision to make on their 14-year veteran point guard and his replacements, both Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar are free agents.
Luke Ridnour, Earl Watson and Steve Blake are all options as possible replacements for Farmar. Fisher and Brown, however, are expected to return, per the Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner of the LA Times:
Fisher is the main free-agent concern for a team that is well over the salary cap but definitely wants him back without going too far beyond a $2.5-million deal for next season. Fisher, 35, wants to make closer to the $5 million he earned this past season. The Lakers and Fisher did not agree to terms Wednesday, but there was definitive movement involving two Lakers’ reserve guards earlier in the day.
Shannon Brown officially opted out of a contract that would have paid him $2.15 million next season, making him an unrestricted free agent., and the Lakers decided not to tender a qualifying offer of about $3 million to Jordan Farmar, making him an unrestricted free agent who can also sign wherever he wants.
Just the same, the Lakers called the agent for Brown within minutes of the advent of free agency to also express interest in re-signing him.