|Derek Fisher could be a Laker for the third time. (sportscoma.com)|
The next chapter could soon be written in the Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers long love story.
ESPN's Marc Stein reported Monday that the Lakers could sign the 38-year-old Fisher as early as today, after the initial belief was that the Lakers could not make a move for Fisher until March, a year after trading him to Houston. Fisher finished last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Fisher spent the first eight seasons of his career with LA, but the story ended when he left for two seasons with Golden State and then one with the Utah Jazz. Fisher recovered from the split well and had his most successful offensive season with the Warriors in 2005-06.
But just like all love stories, Fisher and the Lakers reunited for five more triumphant years, which included a few more rings.
More challenges ensued and the Lakers traded the aging guard last season. We thought the story was over. Maybe it should be. LA has a overflow of guards at the moment, and would have to get rid of Chris Duhon or Steve Blake to make room for Fisher. Fisher knows the system, knows how to play with Kobe and is loved in LA, but is he worth it?
Maybe a happy ending is in store for the two sides, with Fisher leaving the league on top with another ring. But the Lakers know just like every other team that this is a business, and if Fisher doesn't measure up it could be another tough conversation for the guard and his beloved franchise.
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