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    Mavs sign veteran guard Fisher, waive Murphy

    Mavs sign veteran guard Fisher, waive Murphy

    Posted Nov 29, 2012 4:46 PM - Updated Nov 29, 2012 6:13 PM
    DALLAS (AP) --
    Veteran point guard Derek Fisher signed a contract Thursday with the struggling Dallas Mavericks, who are still playing without injured star Dirk Nowitzki and lost Jason Kidd in free agency during the offseason.

    The 38-year-old Fisher, who has played 16 NBA seasons with four teams, could make his Dallas debut in Saturday night's home game against Detroit.
    The Mavericks (7-9) have lost three games in a row and eight of 11, including a 101-78 loss Wednesday at Chicago that point guard Darren Collison missed with a sprained right middle finger. Collison was acquired from Indiana this summer.
    To make room for Fisher on their 15-man roster, the Mavericks waived Troy Murphy. Since signing with Dallas on Nov. 2, Murphy averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14 games.
    Collison replaced Jason Kidd, the 39-year-old guard who was with the Mavericks the last four years and was part of their only NBA title two seasons ago. Kidd signed a free-agent deal with the Knicks last summer after initially indicating that he was staying.
    Nowitzki is recovering from arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, and the 11-time All-Star is still several weeks from returning to the lineup.
    Fisher played in 1,173 career games with the Lakers, Golden State, Utah and Oklahoma City, averaging 8.6 points and 3.1 assists in regular-season games. He has also played in 229 postseason games, including last season with the Thunder, who swept the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs and then made it to the NBA Finals.
    Collison has averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 assists per game with Dallas, but has been inconsistent at times.
    "We need help at point guard," coach Rick Carlisle said after the loss in Chicago. "We feel (Fisher) can help us. It's not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help."
    The Mavericks had the day off Thursday, but Fisher is expected to practice Friday.
    Fisher was drafted 24th overall in 1996 by the Lakers, and was part of five NBA championships in Los Angeles (2000-02, 2009-10). He also served as president of the NBA Players Association.

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    Re: Mavs sign veteran guard Fisher, waive Murphy

    Mavs officially sign Derek Fisher, waive Troy Murphy

    By Royce Young | Blogger

    November 29, 2012 3:44 pm ET

    What Rick Carlisle told everyone Wednesday night is true: The Mavericks have officially signed Derek Fisher, the team announced Thursday.
    To make room for Fisher, the Mavs released forward Troy Murphy.
    Murphy appeared in 14 games for Dallas, averaging 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.
    Fisher, 38, has been searching for a spot after not being retained by the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. Before that Fisher was traded from the Lakers to the Rockets, where he was bought out.
    The interesting twist to this is that according to reports, there's a more-than-solid chance Fisher will be the Mavs' new starting point guard and a mentor to Darren Collison. Via the Dallas Morning-News:

    I loved the way (Collison) played in Philly (off the bench), said Carlisle, who announced the Fisher news after the Mavericks' 101-78 blowout loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. I think that's a great role for him right now. I think Fisher can help us as a starter. This is a great opportunity for Darren to develop into a true starting point guard in this league.

    The Mavs signed Fisher and might even make him their starter.
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    I really like Darren Collison as a player, and I like him even better as a person. But putting him in a position to be the starter on this team right now isn't fair to him. With Derek coming in, it's a great opportunity for Darren to learn from one of the greatest winners in the history of the game.
    Fisher is known for his leadership and 3-point shooting. He's a five-time NBA champion. But that doesn't make him a capable NBA starter. But good luck with that, Mavs.

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