In November, the Dallas Mavericks released Delonte West.
Darren Collison,Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois have all been inconsistent and shuffled in and out of the lineup.
The Mavericks thought they found a solution to their issues at point guard with the addition of Derek Fisher, but due to an injury to the 38-year-old point guard that is no longer the case.
The Dallas Mavericks have waived veteran point guard Fisher upon his request, Mark Stein of ESPN.com reports.
Fisher issued a statement today which confirmed this move by Dallas which was in fact in works for a couple of days, according to Stein.
In Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon. The recovery time will be approximately two weeks. With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.
(Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban has been extremely supportive and has granted me this request. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. From Mark, to Coach (Rick) Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks’ team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity.
I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again. My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. I won’t close the possibility that I will play again, however for now my family and being close to them remains the priority.
In order to replace Fisher, the Mavericks will be calling up Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Texas Legends. Douglas Roberts will be joining the 12-15 Mavericks on Sunday in San Antonio when the face off against the Spurs.
Fisher gave Dallas the stable point guard presence they needed averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 assists per game in a little over 25 minutes a game.
In return the Mavericks will obtain Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is considered the D-League’s hottest prospect by many scouts around the league. Douglas-Roberts has averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals for the Legends.
According to Stein, the Mavericks will look to “explore potential trade options” to improve their struggling backcourt.
The 38-year-old veteran has showed that he has a lot left in the tank, and Fisher could be a solid backup for a contender or team with point guard woes.
I am sure this is not the last we have seen of Derek Fisher, but now everyone has to wonder what will be the next move of the Dallas Mavericks
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