Monday , Jul , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Fisher gets release from Jazz to care for daughter

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Derek Fisher was released from his
contract with the Utah Jazz Monday as he seeks the proper medical care for his
11-month-old daughter who is fighting eye cancer.

According to the Salt lake Tribune, Fisher, who is leaving nearly $21 million
in salary on the table over the next three years, said that basketball is not
a priority right now, but that retirement is not being considered at this

Fisher left the team for a short period during the Western Conference
semifinal round this past season when it was learned that his daughter Tatum
had the disease. He returned to help the Jazz defeat the Golden State Warriors
and advance to the conference finals, where they lost to the San Antonio

A 10-year veteran, Fisher averaged 10.1 points and 3.3 assists this past
regular season. In 16 playoff games, he averaged 9.5 points and 2.6 assists.