Derek Fisher is back on the open market. Who wants him? (Getty Images)The Derek Fisher Era is over for the Houston Rockets. There will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Toyota Center and on the ClutchFans boards, I am sure, and no shortage of tributes soundtracked by "I Will Remember You." Weep not for the memories, Rockets fans.
Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday afternoon that the former Los Angeles Lakers point guard, who was traded to the Rockets in a surprise move before last Thursday's trade deadline, had reached a buyout agreement with Houston. The 16-year veteran confirmed the deal Sunday night, with his business manager, Jamie Wior, releasing a statement on his client's behalf:
"After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout," said Jamie Wior, Fisher's business manager. "Derek's desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward. We thank the Houston Rockets front office for their interest, time and their absolute professionalism. There will be no further comment at this time."
OK, so Fisher negotiated a buyout because he wants to win a sixth championship — which I guess means Rockets fans out there shouldn't start airbrushing those "CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING NBA FINALS MVP, GORAN DRAGIC" T-shirts just yet — and Woj reports that Fisher "will likely have a deal with a contender soon." Let's put on our thinking caps and figure out where he'll end up, shall we?Read More »from Derek Fisher has been bought out and wants to win a sixth ring — so where’s he going?