The Dallas Mavericks swooped in and signed free agent Derek Fisher recently. Will the move pay off down the line, and what kind of impact will the veteran have?
Fisher had been wanting to sign on with a championship contender, one where he could also log significant minutes despite being 38-years-old. The point guard has championship pedigree and is a great locker room presence, so naturally there were a lot of interested parties.
It turns out that Mark Cuban and the Mavericks were the preferred destination. Perhaps the offer of a starting job was icing on the cake?
With Darren Collison not living up to his full potential as the starting point guard, Rick Carlisle has decided to bring him off the bench, leaving the door open for Fisher to start.
In his first game for his new team, Fisher shot just 1-of-8 from the floor, but he logged 24 minutes in a 92-77 win over the Detroit Pistons. A win’s a win, and despite the poor shooting percentage, Fisher showed he can still compete at this level.
Cuban and Carlisle will be happy to have had a player who’s been in the league for over 16 years. With numerous titles under his belt and experience beyond belief, he will right in with a veteran-laded team that already has the likes of Shawn Marion, Elton Brand, Vince Carter, Chris Kaman and of course the injured Dirk Nowitzki.
The Mavericks easily won against the Pistons, but we’re eager to see how they perform against slightly better competition. They will travel this week to play the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets, so we should get a much better idea of what kind of impact Fisher will have when that three-game road trip finishes up.