5 NBA Playoff Contenders That Should Pursue Derek Fisher

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIMarch 19, 2012

5 NBA Playoff Contenders That Should Pursue Derek Fisher

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    Just days after the Los Angeles Lakers traded Derek Fisher, his contract will be bought out by the Houston Rockets.

    Now, the legendary Lakers point guard is left without a team and he has reached the twilight of his storied career.

    Fisher doesn't have much left to give a team numbers-wise, but he still wants to play.

    What he does have is five-star intangibles. His leadership and ability to come through in the clutch will be an asset for any contender.

    Here are five teams that should immediately pursue Fisher's services.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Doesn't this seem like the most obvious choice for Derek Fisher?

    He doesn't have to move his family. His life doesn't change. His office will still be Staples Center.

    He'll just be wearing a far less prestigious uniform.

    That said, the Los Angeles Clippers have turned things around this season and are expected to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. 

    Ever since Chauncey Billups tore his left Achilles tendon, though, the Clips have pretty much been a mediocre team. They're exactly 11-11 without Billups.

    Although Fisher doesn't bring the same numbers that Billups provides, his presence will at least bring leadership and experience to a young locker room, revitalizing a team that needs a jolt of confidence at this point in the season. 

Miami Heat

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    Hate on LeBron James all you want about how he can't be clutch late in games. The knowledgeable basketball fan can recall numerous instances where LeBron has risen to the occasion.

    With Derek Fisher on his team, the Heat will have three options for closers in LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Fish. 

    And any time LeBron gets criticism for deferring to Fisher on the final shot, he can always point out to the media that Kobe had been doing the same thing for a decade.

    If Fisher wants his sixth ring, Miami is the way to go. He can definitely contribute off the bench playing with the likes of James, Wade and Chris Bosh

Chicago Bulls

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    The Chicago Bulls don't have much experience on their team. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose, along with the rest of the Bulls, aren't known for leadership. They're talented, but they're just a young team all around.

    Having Derek Fisher on this team will be highly beneficial for both sides. For Fisher, it gives him a chance to win his sixth ring. For the Bulls, it gives them a steady rock who will keep the team composed in dire situations. 

    When the Bulls were on the brink of elimination against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, they could've used a pep talk from the legendary and seasoned Fisher. That kind of jolt can really pump up a young team like Chicago to go wreak havoc on the court. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Like the Chicago Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a a talented but inexperienced team that could use a guy like Derek Fisher to provide a spark when things fall apart.

    Also, since backup point guard Eric Maynor has been lost to injury, Fisher could be a quick fix for the Thunder. 

    It's little things like taking charging fouls or hitting a big three with two minutes to go that could elevate the Thunder to a championship. 

TNT's Broadcast Team

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    Derek could, of course, call it a career.

    What else does he have left to prove? 

    He's hit big shots seemingly every season during his career and has five championship rings. Does he really have to do anything else?

    Why not call it quits and join TNT's broadcast booth along with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson. 

    He can be the cerebral voice among all the crazy chatter that goes along between the quartet.

    Obviously this would be a move in preparation of a more important gig as an assistant coach with the Lakers for the following season.