After the Dallas Mavericks and Derek Fisher peacefully parted ways, it was assumed that Fisher would be done for the season, if not for his entire career. However, the five-time champion has just recently signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rest of the year.
And this has agitated the Mavericks in more ways than one. According to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com, “Owner Mark Cuban did not reply to multiple emails on Monday, but one league source said the best way to describe the mood of the Dallas front office is ‘agitated.’ The source said that Fisher and his representatives never contacted the Mavs during his decision-making process to discuss a possible return to Dallas, the team that, in good faith, initially signed him.”
Legally, Fisher had every right to sign with whatever team he wanted to sign with after being released by the Mavs. However, Fisher has always been known as one of the good guys in the league, but it appears that his loyalty to the Mavs was short lived. Fisher, whether you agree with his recent signing or not, wants to play for a contender and the Mavs are a long-shot to even make the playoffs this year.
It’s easy to accuse Fisher for being a betrayer or a ring chaser, but as the saying goes in the NBA – “it’s just business.”