derek fisher

No less an authority than Kobe Bryant announced this week that he’s convinced longtime teammate Derek Fisher will not have to wait forever to remove himself from the list of free agents still looking for work.

“I’m pretty confident,” Kobe says, “he’ll find a team.”

It might even be the Los Angeles Lakers, believe it or not, if more dominoes fall fortuitously for the team that has already annoyed the rest of the league with its good fortune this offseason.

It’s not feasible for the Lakers to bring back Fisher now, with a payroll approaching $100 million, but sources with knowledge of their thinking say that the team has made it clear to the rest of the league that Chris Duhon and/or Steve Blake are available via trade to any interested party willing to absorb their respective contracts.

– Reported by Marc Stein of