Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace happy to see Derek Fisher in uniform

Derek Fisher, who won five NBA championships with the Lakers, joined the Dallas Mavericks after former UCLA product Darren Collison struggled manning the point guard spot.

“I want him to play as long as he wants and I know he kept himself in shape,” Gasol said of the 38-year-old guard. “I’m happy for him.”

The Lakers traded Fisher last season before the trade deadline to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill, both for cost-cutting measure and to make room in the backcourt for Ramon Sessions. After the Rockets and Fisher negotiated a buyout, Fisher joined the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team immediately gravitated toward his championship experience and leadership.

Yet, it wasn’t enough for the Thunder to keep him this season. Plenty on the Lakers, including Kobe Bryant, Gasol and Metta World Peace, hold Fisher in high esteem because of his penchant for clutch shots, team mentality and positive locker room presence.

Derek Fisher, who helped the Lakers win five NBA championships, signed a free agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, extending his 16-year NBA career for another season.

“Fish brings a lot to the table,” World Peace said. “He’s amazing.”

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