The buyout comes three days after the 37-year-old Fisher was traded to the Rockets.
Fisher is most likely expected to be a free agent once he clears waivers. Once he clears waivers he can sign with any team except the Lakers per a new rule in the collective bargaining agreement.
He will most likely land on a contending team because that’s what usually happens when older players get bought out.
What could he provide to a contending team?
Could Derek Fisher help a contender?
At this point of his career, not a whole lot. He is only averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 43 games this season.
Fisher does, however, have some qualities that could help championship teams. He can bring you grit and a will to win. He is also a career 37.3 percent three-point shooter so he could also spread the floor with his range.
Mostly, Fisher could bring teams experience. He has played in 1,153 games in his 15-year career—209 in the postseason.
We are talking about a guy who has made some clutch shots throughout his career, too.
Trading a veteran can sometimes inject him with fuel. Fisher will be looking to prove he can still help a championship-caliber team this season.
Whether he succeeds or not in his new situation will be completely up to him. If he wants it bad enough, he could do the little things necessary to be a good role player off the bench.