Lakers re-sign Derek Fisher

The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed free agent guard Derek Fisher, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.  Per team policy terms of the contract were not released.

Fisher, a five-time NBA Champion with the Lakers (2000-02, 2009-10), returns for his fourth straight season with Los Angeles and 12th overall.  A 14-year NBA veteran, the 6’1” guard, who played in all 82 games in 2009-10 for the fifth straight season, ranks second among all active players with 413 consecutive regular season games played.

With the Lakers’ victory over Boston in the 2010 NBA Finals, Fisher won his 33rd career playoff series, tops among all active players in the NBA.  The combination of head coach Phil Jackson and Fisher has now accounted for 108 postseason victories, the third highest total for a player/coach duo in league history, trailing only Jackson/Kobe Bryant (114) and Jackson/Scottie Pippen (110).

As an individual, Fisher ranks among franchise leaders in playoff games played (3rd/183), regular season games played (9th/790), playoff steals (3rd/205), regular season steals (8th/829), playoff 3-point field goals made (2nd/212) and regular season 3-point field goals made (2nd/759).  League-wide, Fisher’s total of 224 playoff 3-point field goals made ranks him 6th in NBA postseason history while his total of 43 3-point field goals in the NBA Finals is 3rd most all-time.

Originally selected by the Lakers in the first round (24th overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft, Fisher entered the league alongside then-rookie Kobe Bryant and spent eight years (1996-2004) with Los Angeles before signing with the Warriors as a free agent in 2004.  Since returning to the Lakers prior to the 2007-08 campaign after two seasons in Golden State and one in Utah, Fisher has helped the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two consecutive NBA Championships.  In 1,028 career regular season games, Fisher is averaging 9.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.08 steals.