According to ESPN, the San Antonio Spurs still have an interest in veteran point guard Derek Fisher, who was bought out by the Houston Rockets.
The San Antonio Spurs, sources told Stein, have not yet ruled out pursuing Fisher because their planned signing of former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills has been held up by the fact that Portland has not yet renounced rights to Mills.
With the Spurs needing another point guard on the roster after T.J. Ford retired, Fisher would prove more than adequate to back up Tony Parker. However, he would be a liability on defense should he and Gary Neal man the backcourt for the Spurs' second unit.
But unlike Mills, Fisher is a proven NBA veteran, a champion, a professional, and can hit a clutch shot as all Spurs fans know all too well.
Fisher would also give the Spurs a steady, reliable backup that has played point guard his entire career, instead of forcing a shooting guard (Neal) to take over the position or hand the reins over to a 19-year old rookie in Cory Joseph,
The biggest question is how Spurs fans would react in bringing in the player that has been public enemy number one for hitting that 0.4 shot, killing the Spurs' hopes for a championship repeat in 2004. However, Robert Horry was also a Spurs rival before he was embraced as a Spur for several years.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Would you rather see San Antonio have Mills or Fisher?
We need someone who can handle the ball, we don't need another shooter. Fisher is not a PG he is a spot-up 3pt shooter and we already have Gary Neal, plus Manu and Green also can shoot some 3s. Fisher is not a good ball-handler, all he did back in LA was slowly moving the ball to the half-court and give it to Kobe. Mills is probably a little raw but he handles and drives better, and he shoots 3s as well.
Why settle for crumbs Spurs? Surely Mr. Buford you have heard of Turiaf being waived by the Blazers and now JJHIckson being waived by the Kings. There's an abundance of big men. The spurs can sign either Turiaf or Hickson. Both are big and long, able to to man the interior. Both can be alternate for TD and Splitter. What about it Mr. Buford?
I would take Fisher. He would be a solid backup point gaurd that will play tough and you know what you will get from night in and night out. He would be kind of like Jacque Vaugn was.
Nope, fisher is a flaker and will always be a flaker so, I wouldn't pick him up even if he was in his prime,I don't like him never have, I think he is a phony who acts innocent, but deep down inside is just as dirty and whiny as any other flaker.
At 37 Fisher was traded by the lakers. He is too slow for their game. Why pick up the tab for a player like Fisher? He is a granddad by nba standards. The spurs keep on picking crumbs. Pisking up Mills is a nobrainer. He is young and has a future.
I for one prefer Mills depending on the contract details. Fisher's old, and we're still trying to shake our geriatric image with our youth injection. Mills can keep a faster tempo than Fisher would be able to. Aside from injury, we don't have to worry about Mills being clutch. Do you think Pop wouldn't put Parker back in if a playoff game depended on it. Or Gary Neal even. Go for the guy who can keep up. I don't want the Lakers scraps...
I don't know if the pick up would be all that great. Not because I don't believe in him or anything, but because by moving neal back to sg you forcw pop to solve a back up sg rotation involving neal and green where, knowing pop, he'll pick the "more reliable" neal cause he always goes with the safer and this gives up too much defense. Especially if you pair neal and fisher. I would really hate to see them play defense together
Hate to say it, but Fisher would really be the backup the Spurs need. Didn't Stephen Jackson run the point at times though back in '03?
Fisher would be the better pickup and wouldn't that be awesome to really SPURn the lakers by picking him up.
It wouldn't be a bad signing, if Fish can stay healthy and accept his role as back-up PG. Him wearing a Spurs jersey may help ease the pain of the 0.4 shot.
@Spurs1 Two completely differenly playing styles, IMO
@russman138 No need to hate on 0.4 shot. That was the time-keeper's fault that it counted not Fisher for shooting it. I just hope that Fisher still has the fire in him to want to win a Championship
@russman138 The similarites is that they vaughn like fisher was late in his career and was a smart player that came in and could steady the second unit. I agree that thier play styles are much different. The similarites that I was talking about is that they are both smart, veteran point gaurds.
@CraigThomas Can't argue there.. definitely the time-keeper's fault.
But Fisher has been the scapegoat since nobody knows the time keeper's name.. or do they? Nah they don't he woulda been floatin down the San Antonio river by now.
But I also like rtesoro's point, the Lakers let him go for a reason.
@Spurs1 Fair enough.. kudos