NBA.com Staff Reports
The Lakers have parted way with longtime point guard Derek Fisher, according to multiple reports, trading him to the Houston Rockets just before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline on Thursday.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports!, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle and others tweeted the news that the Lakers had traded Fisher and a 2012 Draft pick for forward-center Jordan Hill. Though official word of the trade was not imminent, the news seemed to make sense: The Lakers made a trade earlier in the day for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions.
Wojnarowski has the details of the deal:
The Los Angeles Lakers have traded veteran guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Jordan Hill, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Rockets also will receive the 2012 first-round pick the Lakers acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Lamar Odom trade.
Fisher, 37, won five championships with the Lakers. He was expendable after the Lakers acquired Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ramon Sessions for Jason Kapono and L.A.’s 2012 first-round pick. While Fisher had remained the Lakers’ starting point guard this season, many of the fourth-quarter minutes were going to Steve Blake.
The Rockets will explore buying out the remainder of Fisher’s contract – he has a $3.4 million player option for next season – Houston also could use someone to backup Kyle Lowry.
The Lakers long have been looking for a replacement for Fisher, who has led the Lakers to five NBA titles. Fisher is 37, and has found it hard to stick with the younger, quicker point guards that now dominate the league. Still, it’s a surprise to many. Fisher, who also has served as president of the National Basketball Players Association, spent the first eight years of his career with the Lakers, then re-signed with them as a free agent in 2007. He is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists a game as the Lakers’ starter at the point.