NBA Rumors : Derek Fisher To Cavs? Good Fit?

By Robert D. Cobb

CLEVELAND – According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in point guard, Derek Fisher.

Fisher, a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

A 16-year veteran who has played 13 out of his 16 years with the Lakers—with brief stops in Golden State, Utah, Houston and Oklahoma City—the addition of Fisher would add a much needed veteran presence at the point guard position in Cleveland. Fisher would also be an invaluable mentor to the Cavs young backcourt duo of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

Fisher who would average 4.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 20 games with the Thunder in 20 games, would shoot 34.3 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range, while making 92.9 percent of his free throws.

At 37, Fisher may not have the effectiveness that he used to in the past, but in Cleveland could provide a steady presence off the bench, or with the second unit, in an effort to give Irving and Waiters a blow.

Would Fisher be a good fit for a young and developing team such as the Cavs?

Not Really.

With four first round picks in Irving, Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson projected to start in 2012-13, the addition of Fisher may be nice in theory if the Cavaliers were a contending team.

The addition of Fisher would be a bad fit for a young rebuilding team such as Cleveland, due to the Cavs attempt to get younger and grow in a different direction.

Thanks. But No Thanks.

Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.

In addition to covering the NBA, I also cover MLB, NFL, NHL and Champions League soccer news, rumors and opinions, please follow me on Twitter at @RobertCobb_76

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