By the request of their newly acquired point guard, the Mavericks have released Derek Fisher from his contract. On Saturday night, Fisher said, “In Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon. The recovery time will be approximately two weeks. With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.”
“Mark Cuban has been extremely supportive and has granted me this request. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. From Mark, to Coach (Rick) Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks’ team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity. I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again. My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. I won’t close the possibility that I will play again, however for now my family and being close to them remains the priority,” said Fisher.
In the ’06-’07 season, Fisher terminated his contract with the Utah Jazz in order to take care of his daughter, but eventually reunited with the Lakers for another 5 years.
But this feels different.
While Fisher hasn’t ruled out returning to the NBA, this seems to be the end of the road for the long traveled NBA journeyman out of a little school called Arkansas-Little Rock. The NBA Hall of Fame might not be knocking on Fisher's door in the near future, but the five-time NBA champion has had a storied NBA career on and off the court.