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Derek Fisher to sign with Mavericks, according to Dallas coach

November 28, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher directs the offense for the Oklahoma City Thunder during a game last season at Staples Center.
Former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher directs the offense for the Oklahoma… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who has not played this season after failing to land a contract in the summer, will sign with the Dallas Mavericks, according to Coach Rick Carlisle.

Carlisle made the announcement after a 101-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

"We need help at point guard," Carlisle said. "I found out ... that [Darren] Collison would be out, and we were fortunate to get [Jared] Cunningham active. We feel [Fisher] can help us. It's not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help."

Mavericks starting point guard Collison did not play Wednesday night because of a sprained right middle finger that he sustained in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Third-year guard Dominique Jones started for the second consecutive game, finishing with 10 points and five assists.

The 38-year-old Fisher played for the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder last season, when he was traded to Houston in the deal that brought power forward-center Jordan Hill to Los Angeles. Fisher took a buyout in Houston and later signed with the Thunder, who won the Western Conference.

The Mavericks, who have played the entire season without All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, currently have 15 players under contract, so Dallas will have to release someone to make room on its roster for Fisher.

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