Earlier in the day, there was a report that Derek Fisher was going to join a new team soon. After he watched the Dallas Mavericks lose Wednesday night, coach Rick Carlisle announced that the team would be signing the veteran on Thursday.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle just announced team has signed Derek Fisher.
— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 29, 2012
This makes sense for both parties. Fisher needs a spot where he is not going to be asked to do too much but one where he will still play. The Mavericks need a point guard and Fisher is probably the best one on the market. If the Mavs plan on trying to contend this season, veteran help will not hurt.
I don’t think that he will be super effective for the team but adding him to the fold probably will not hurt. At worst, Fisher can serve as a mentor to the young guys on the roster who are just getting used to the pros. At best, he provides on-floor leadership in spurts and he makes a big shot or two. This is well worth the risk in my opinion.
Then again, the Mavs probably are not going anywhere this year so this signing is probably not the smartest they could make. If they wanted a point guard, they probably should have went after a young guy to see if they could develop him. You know what you are getting when you bring in Fisher but that might not be the best thing.