Mavs' Interest in Derek Fisher Reveals a New Level of Desperation for Mark Cuban

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on in the first half against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. 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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After starting the 2012-13 NBA regular season with a record of 4-1, the Dallas Mavericks have dropped five of their last seven games.

As their losses begin to pile up, it's no coincidence that point guard Darren Collison has seen a severe drop in production (nine, 10, 14 and seven points in his last four games, respectively).

Fear not, Mavs fans. A desperate call for help could be on the way.

According to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, the Mavericks could add depth by signing veteran point guard Derek Fisher. Before they make a decision on whether or not they will do so, however, the team will give their current group of lead guards a fair shake.

In fact, they'll have "every chance" to display their abilities:

The Mavericks are desperate for more consistent point-guard play. They understand one intriguing name remains on the open market — grizzled veteran Derek Fisher. There has been no move so far to kick the tires on Fisher because owner Mark Cuban said before the Cleveland game that he and the coaching staff want to give the current group every chance to show what they can do.

As for Fisher, the 38-year-old last played in the 2012 NBA Finals where he averaged 6.3 points on 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. The five-time NBA champion played an average of 22.3 minutes per contest, suggesting that he may still be serviceable at his advanced age.

With that being said, making a move to bring Fisher on board would be nothing short of an act of desperation. One that owner Mark Cuban cannot afford to make.

 

Upside Present, Patience Absent

If there is anything we know about Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, it's that he accepts nothing short of winning. After winning it all in 2010-11, one can only assume that last season's disappointment was hard to swallow.

If Fisher is signed, young guards Dominique Jones, Jared Cunningham and Rodrigue Beaubois will get even less playing time.

 

Another Aging Veteran?

If Mark Cuban and the Mavericks opt to sign Fisher, what exactly would be different from a year ago? Truthfully, nothing at all would have changed.

A young point guard would be weighed down by a veteran. Last year it was Beaubois and Jason Kidd. This year it would be Collison, Cunningham, Jones, Beaubois and Fisher.

We all know how it turned out a year ago, so why expect a change in 2013?

Cuban may be desperate for results, but he must understand that upside is key. With the likes of Collison, O.J. Mayo, Cunningham, Jones and Beaubois in the Mavericks backcourt, the unit is already strong.

Although Fisher could provide leadership and guidance to the young players in the rotation, personnel development is key here. As powerful as a veteran presence may be, this team is only going to go as far as their youth carries them until Dirk Nowitzki returns fully healthy.

So what will it be? Player development or a veteran burden? With all due respect to Fisher, the choice should be simple.