The Dallas Mavericks announced on Thursday that they’d signed veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the roster. Besides the absence of their injured star Dirk Nowitzki, the struggling Dallas Mavericks needed a quick solution at the guard spot after Jason Kidd left in free agency earlier this offseason and their primary starter Darren Collison missed Wednesday night’s 101-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls due to a sprained right finger.
Darren Collison has averaged 12.9 pints and 6.3 rebounds this season. However, the Dallas Mavericks have left a crucial spot to a player who remains inconsistent at times.
Collison has averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 assists per game with Dallas, but has been inconsistent at times.
"We need help at point guard. We feel (Derek Fisher) can help us,” stated Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after the loss in Chicago. “It's not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help."
Derek Fisher, who hadn’t been retained by the Western Conference Champions Oklahoma City Thunders after they made the trip to the NBA finals last season, was looking for a roster spot on another team. Derek Fisher could make his Dallas Mavericks debut in Saturday’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.
The Dallas Mavericks (7-9) are on a three game slide. The team has missed Dirk Nowitzki’s big scoring numbers and ability to ball them out on possession with the 11-time All-Star still weeks away from returning after a right knee arthroscopic surgery.
However, the point guard situation has prevailed throughout the season even though Dallas Mavericks acquired Darren Collison from the Indiana Pacers this summer to fill in at spot after a four-year stint with Jason Kidd. The 39-year-old Jason Kidd, who was a member of the Dallas Mavericks’ only championship team from two seasons ago, signed over in free agency with the New York Knicks last summer.
While the Dallas Mavericks acknowledged Darren Collison’s talents Rick Carlisle hinted that 25-year-old is still an elite point guard in the making, who could benefit from a veteran presence. Hence, there is a solid chance for Derek Fisher to nab the starting point guard job with the Dallas Mavericks.
“I loved the way (Collison) played in Philly (off the bench)… I really like Darren Collison as a player…But putting him in a position to be the starter on this team right now isn't fair to him,” said Rick Carlisle. “With Derek coming in, it's a great opportunity for Darren to learn from one of the greatest winners in the history of the game.”
The 38-year-old Derek Fisher, who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers after being drafted 24th overall in 1995 by the team has also played with the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors. Through 16 NBA seasons and games (with 722 starts), Derek Fisher has averaged 8.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals while playing 26.2 minutes per game.
To add Derek Fisher on the 15-man roster, the Dallas Mavericks waived forward Troy Murphy on Thursday, after signing him to the roster this month. While appearing in 14 games for the Dallas Mavericks, Troy Murphy had averaged 4.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18.3 minutes per game.