When you play in the NBA as long as Derek Fisher has, you're bound to go through some injuries. Those injuries, combined with age, make it tough to land another job as a free agent. That's what Fisher is dealing with now. He had been talking to the Dallas Mavericks, but it appears they are not interested right now.
Despite the obvious need for point guard help, the Mavericks want to see what their current roster can do before going after a player like Fisher says Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. Mark Cuban wants to see his team play alongside their star, Dirk Nowitzki, before pulling the trigger on any deals. That means they will have to wait for him to return from his knee surgery.
Fisher has played 16 NBA seasons. He is 38 years old, but despite injuries and age, he has been able to remain on the court. In fact, one of Fisher's key selling points is his durability. He has played a full season in every year since 2005-06. However, his points per game have steadily declined since that 2005-06 season.
In his career, Fisher has averaged 8.6 points per game and 3.1 assists per game. He topped out in 05-06 with 13.3 points per game. Fisher could be a veteran leader for any team willing to take a chance on him. However, it seems the Mavericks are content in sitting back and waiting - hoping they stay in contention long enough to get Nowitzki back.
Dallas is 6-5, three games back in the Southwest Division. Both San Antonio and Memphis are red-hot in that division.
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