Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Will Derek Fisher Return To The Team?

By Brian Ethridge, Posted: 09/19/12 03:13PM EDT

Here is an interesting rumor for all of you Los Angeles Lakers fans out there. Former Los Angeles clutch king Derek Fisher was recently seen working out at the Lakers facility with Steve Nash which has led to a ton of speculation regarding his return to the team in 2013.

Although Derek Fisher is 38-years-old and only a shell of his former self, he is still money in clutch situations and he can provide anytime with much needed veteran leadership. That is one reason why Fisher's return to the Los Angeles Lakers is somewhat unlikely because he would probably prefer to go to a younger team. Last season he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and a return is not out of the question.

The Chicago Bulls are among the teams rumored to be interested in Derek Fisher's services, but he reportedly turned down an offer to join their team.

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A return to the Los Angeles Lakers would make sense too. However, Fisher would have to be comfortable only seeing playing time when Steve Nash needs to take a little rest. Considering they are both old players, they could complement each other nicely.

Can you imagine a 2013 Los Angeles Lakers roster with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest (Metta World Peace), and Derek Fisher? Even though most of them are old and not nearly as good as they once were, they would still combine for a nearly unbeatable team.

As nice as a Derek Fisher to the Los Angeles Lakers reunion sounds, we would not bet on it happening. We believe a return to the Oklahoma City Thunder makes the most sense for Fisher. Then again, since he's 38, we would not be surprised to see him retire if he was offered a nice studio job.

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