Derek Fisher has agreed to return to the Lakers to chase a third consecutive NBA championship and the sixth of his career. He announced the news on his website this afternoon, saying, “I took time to consider all my options, many not reported in the media. I listened to every coach, every general manager, even potential teammates in order to make the right decision. I thank every one of them.
“At the end of the day, there’s one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts. We have won five championships together.
“I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles. While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this offseason, it is the most valuable. I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin.”
The deal is for three years and $10.5 million, with the third season a player’s option.