Friday , Jul , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Warriors sign Derek Fisher

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms
with free agent guard Derek Fisher. As per team policy, terms were not
released, but reports have the deal for six years and worth $37 million.

Fisher had spent his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and was a
key contributor to the Los Angeles team that won three straight NBA titles
beginning in 1999-2000.

The move to sign Fisher was an interesting one considering Golden State’s
depth at the point guard position. The Warriors inked Speedy Claxton to a
multi-year contract and traded for Nick Van Exel last summer.

Fisher had also given consideration to playing with Miami, Houston and Seattle
as well as re-signing with the Lakers.

“We feel very fortunate to add a player and person the caliber of Derek Fisher
to our team,” said executive vice president of operations Chris Mullin. “The
fact that he chose the Warriors over several other attractive suitors is
certainly a good feeling.”

The 29-year-old Fisher averaged only 7.1 points and 2.3 assists per game last
season while primarily serving as a backup to future Hall-of-Fame point guard
Gary Payton.

Fisher was still able to provide a spark off the bench and hit one of the
biggest shots of the season when he drained a dramatic buzzer-beating fadeaway
in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Antonio. The basket
lifted the Lakers to victory in the critical game and they went on to win the
series before eventually making it all the way to the NBA Finals, only to lose
to Detroit.

For his career, Fisher has totaled 7.4 points and 3.0 assists per game. His
best season came in 2000-01 when he posted 11.5 points and 4.4 assists per
contest.

The Arkansas-Little Rock product was chosen by LA with the 24th pick in the
1996 draft.

GSW