Mavs waive Derek Fisher on guard's own request
Derek Fisher reportedly put in the request to be waived a few days ago after finding it difficult to stay away from his family in Los Angeles. But the Dallas Mavericks asked him to stick with the team until they found a replacement to start at point guard. Derek Fisher played Tuesday against the Philadelphia Eagles knowing that he would be very soon parting ways with Dallas Mavericks. However, Derek Fisher’s night ended on a bleaker note after he strained the patellar tendon in his right knee during the Tuesday night home win.
The 38-year-old Derek Fisher released a statement on Saturday to acknowledge the move.
"In Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon. The recovery time will be approximately two weeks,” said Derek Fisher. “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.”
"I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again,” continued Derek Fisher. “My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. (However) I won't close the possibility that I will play again.”
Derek Fisher also thanked Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for granting his request to be waived, and appreciated the opportunity to play for the team in the first place.
"I cannot say enough good things about this organization,’ said Derek Fisher. “From Mark, to Coach (Rick) Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks' team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity.”
The 16-year-old NBA veteran signed with Dallas Mavericks on 26th November, subsequently starting nine games and averaging 8.6 points, 1.7 rebounds as well as 3.6 assists in just over 25 minutes per game this season.
Point guard has been the biggest question for the Dallas Mavericks entering the season, especially after Delonte West was waived in November. Although Darren Collison started 16 games at point guard before the Dallas Mavericks signed Derek Fisher, he was disregarded as a long-term solution due inconsistent performances. Dallas Mavericks other two options at point guard, youngsters Dominique Jones and Rodriguez are incapable of carrying the burden.
Following Derek Fisher’s release, the Dallas Mavericks are expected to call up former second-round pick Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Texas Legends in the NBA Developmental League to fill-in at starting point guard.
However, the Dallas Mavericks are also expected to remain active on the trade market to add depth and experience at point guard, an area where they’ve seen spotty play and endured injuries during this season.