The Houston Rockets officially waived point guard Derek Fisher Monday, less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Thursday, Houston picked up a 2012 first-round pick from the Lakers and sent Jordan Hill to LA in the deal. Jamie Wior, Fisher’s representative, said in an email that Fisher and the Rockets have negotiated a buyout of his contract, due to expire this season.
Derek’s decision to opt out of the remainder of his contract wasn’t the first time he has done so as an NBA player.
The LA Times writes that Fisher, 37, was granted a release from his contract with the Utah Jazz in 2007 under different circumstances.
He did so then because he wanted his family to live near specialists for his daughter Tatum, who suffered from a form of eye cancer, according to the Times.
After finding Los Angeles facilities served his needs, Fisher then re-signed with the Lakers.
The Houston Chronicle reported the buyout paid Fisher for the rest of the 2012 season, but that he opted out of his $3.4-million player option for next season.
Wior said Fisher’s “desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward.”
Regardless of where he ends up (ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Fisher’s wish list includes the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunde), Fisher remains more motivated to collect another ring, even if he’s paid the veteran’s minimum, rather than collecting $3.4 million while sitting on a non-contender’s bench.
Prior to his trade and release, Fisher was averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists per contest in 2012.
Former NBA player-turned analyst Tim Legler discusses possible options for Derek Fisher once he clears waivers:
via LA Times