Lakers Trade Rumors: Clearing Space For Derek Fisher's Return Would Be Unwise

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 28, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 12:  Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on before taking on the Miami Heat in Game One of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 12, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I know Derek Fisher is one of the most beloved Los Angeles Lakers of all time, but he isn't worth making room for on the current roster. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Lakers are free to add Fisher, and that the team is currently shopping Chris Duhon and Steve Blake.

With Steve Nash, Blake, Duhon and Andrew Goudelock, the Lakers have a gluttony of point guards. However, considering Nash is 38 years old, the depth could be necessary. He's always kept himself in great shape, but pushing 40 is pushing 40.

Fisher recently turned the same age himself, and it doesn't make sense to have two 38-year-old point guards on the roster.

He doesn't offer enough to part ways with any of the Lakers current point guards.

Duhon is the team's best defensive point guard, Blake is valuable because of his size (6'3") and shooting ability (career 38 percent three-point shooter). Goudelock is the closest thing the team has to a point guard of the future.

He's shown the ability to score when he's had the time. He averaged 15 points per 36 minutes played in the 2011-2012 season. At 23 years old, he's easily the youngest option the team has at the position.

What would Fisher offer to this team—besides sentimental value?

Most of his skills have declined significantly. He isn't anywhere as quick as he once was. His handle has fallen off a bit, and he can't defend most point guards in the league anymore.

Even his shooting dipped last season. Fisher is a 37 percent shooter from three in his career, but he shot just 32 percent last season with the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder

I don't doubt that Fisher can still knock down clutch shots. He proved that in the postseason with the Thunder. He's also still one of the game's best leaders and mentors.

Still, the cons far outweigh the pros in this situation. If the Lakers are smart, they won't waste assets on adding Fisher to this potential championship run.

Sometimes you have to let go of the past.


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