Just as the NBA trade deadline was coming up, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to part ways with NBA champion Derek Fisher after 13 seasons, trading him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Jordan Hill, the team’s former forward/center.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Derek for everything he has meant to this organization over the years,” said Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss.
“Few who have worn the Lakers uniform have done so with as much class as Derek, both on the court and in the community. From his famous 0.4 shot in San Antonio to his clutch performances in the Finals against Orlando and Boston when it mattered most, Derek will always hold a special place not only in my heart, but in the heart of Lakers fans everywhere.”
Fisher, a 16-year NBA veteran, started his career with the Lakers in 1996, going on to play with the team until 2004. In 2007 he joined up with the Lakers again, and became a fierce presence on the court alongside Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.
The Lakers also reportedly picked up Ramon Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the day, with the Cavs getting forward Luke Walton and a first-round draft pick.
Fisher is scheduled to play against his now-former team this coming Tuesday, when the Lakers meet the Rockets in Houston.