Derek Fisher to Renew Contract with Lakers

Despite meeting with Heat President Pat Riley in Miami on Saturday, July 10, Derek Fisher has decided to renew his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Derek Fisher will sign a 3 year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. LA Lakers super star Kobe Bryant played a major role in Fisher’s decision.

“I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles,” Fisher said in a statement on his website. “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.”

Derek Fisher has won his 5 championship rings with the Lakers.

“I took time to consider all my options, many not reported in the media,” Fisher said. “I listened to every coach, every general manager, even potential teammates in order to make the right decision and 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.”

LeBron James and Chris Bosh signed contracts and Dwyane Wade renewed his contract with the Miami Heat last week. The three stars and Miami Heat President Pat Riley met with Derek Fisher on Saturday to pitch him to join them in Miami.

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