DALLAS Unlike the three previous veteran cuts made by the Mavericks this season, waiving Derek Fisher on Saturday wasn't Dallas' idea.
The 38-year-old point guard, signed Nov. 29 and immediately thrust into the starting lineup, asked to be released four days after suffering a knee injury. Fisher cited the injury's recovery time of approximately two weeks and the difficulty of being away from his family in Los Angeles as reasons for the request.
A Fisher retirement announcement in the coming days wouldn't be a shock, league sources told FoxSportsSouthwest.com, alluding to his age, health concerns and family issues. Fisher has won five NBA championships all with the Los Angeles Lakers during a 17-year career.
Fisher, though, by virtue of his release is in position to join another team should he have a change of heart.
Fisher has been released from a team before due to family reasons. He asked out of his contract with the Utah Jazz after the 2007 playoffs to relocate to the city...