One Derek might be starting for another in Chicago. In their pursuit to find a guard to fill the shoes of Derrick Rose while he recovers from knee surgery, the Chicago Bulls have made contact with former Laker and Thunder guard Derek Fisher.
This isn’t the first time the Bulls have been rumored to have interest in the veteran. Last year when he was traded by the Lakers and then bought out by the Houston Rockets, Fisher was linked to the Bulls among other teams.
Had the front off had a crystal ball, they most certainly would have made a harder play for Fisher. He ended up going to Oklahoa City and falling short of attaining yet another ring. But now that he’s looking for work again, the Bulls may get a second shot at adding him to start for Derrick Rose rather than come off the bench behind him.
But is he worth it?
Fisher made $3.4 million in the final year of his deal with the Lakers and although the minimum for Fisher is somewhere near $1.3 million, he’ll command more than that — but not much more.
Fisher will no doubt be open to returning to the Thunder, the new darlings of the NBA. But if Chicago were to offer him a contract, they very well could offer him one in the neighborhood of $3-4 million over two years. They were able to give Rip Hamilton two years and $5 million with an option for a third year and a deal similar to that would fit Fisher at this stage of his career.
And if you still aren’t intrigued by the idea, Fisher would be there to show rookie point guard Marquis Teague a few things and help the freshman transition into the NBA.
Teague would also have someone else that is new to Tom Thibodeau’s system and could rely on Fisher for guidance.
But the main draw in brining in a veteran guard like Fisher is his ability to start. The Bulls have had their eye on numerous free agent guard options and Fisher does make sense. It’s in Chicago’s price range (for now) and satisfies their itch to find somebody to fill a gap in the backcourt.
No contract has been offered to Fisher but he’ll generate interest in more markets than just Chicago. We’ll keep you posted on all the latest developments.