Derek Fisher tried to give it another go this season. He missed the first couple months of the season while looking for a team. He eventually signed with the Mavericks, but he was only able to play for a couple weeks before getting injured. Now, Fisher would rather spend time with family than attempt a comeback this year.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Fisher suffered a knee injury last Tuesday after agreeing to stay with the team long enough for them to find another point guard option. Apparently, Fisher and the team had talked about a release prior to the injury occurring. Fisher said in a statement that he was making the decision to walk away because of family.
"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."Fisher has played 17 NBA seasons. In his career, he has averaged 8.6 points per game and 3.1 assists per game. He won championships with the Lakers and was a team leader everywhere he went. Fisher is one of the more respected players in the NBA. If anyone was going to request a release and get it, it would be him.