Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/29/12
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have quietly been shopping for a 'bus driver' at point guard since the departure of Delonte West, and the finger injury sustained by Darren Collison has turned "quiet'' into "done'': Dallas is in the process of signing five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher, age 38. "I think he can really help our situation with experience, defensively and really all areas of the game,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "Right now the point guard position is a challenge.'' This is no "savior play.'' Dallas, 7-9 while playing without the rehabbing Dirk Nowitzki, now might also be without starting PG Darren Collison, who injured a finger and did not play in Wednesday's loss at Chicago. By the time Dallas plays host to the Pistons on Saturday, Fisher may be the starter at a position where Collison is hurt, Dominique Jones is struggling, Roddy Beaubois is unproven and rookie Jared Cunningham is unready. There is another transaction coming, as Dallas already has 15 guaranteed guys. Don't hold your breath for Fisher to come here in a way that triggers a noteworthy trade. For those speculating that Collison will be the odd man out, he's certainly not talking that way. "I think his leadership will help," Collison said of Fisher "He's been around the NBA for a very, very long time. He's going to help me grow into the player I want to be.'' An educated guess here: The Mavs will either waive a player or give one away via trade (where a team wants them for nothing) in order to free up a slot. And know that contrary to some reports, the vast majority of the Mavs playersare available to be traded. The following cannot be traded: (1) Elton Brand can't be traded any time this season, (2) Troy Murphy can't be traded until around Feb 1, and (3) Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo can't be traded until Dec 15. So if the Mavs wanted to open up a roster slot by getting rid of one of those four, it could only be via waiver. But every other player on the roster is permitted to be traded, if Dallas finds a taker. Meanwhile, Collison has had a rough go since beginning the season so well. He is at 12.9 points and 6.3 assists this season but that is highly deceiving. He's been a mess in the clutch as a defender and distributor as the Mavs have lost eight of the last 11. If he hadn't hurt his finger, he'd likely still be this team's No. 1 PG. ... even though he came off the bench in Tuesday's loss to the Sixers. (It can be presumed, maybe, that a healthy Collison would've started in the loss at Chicago.) And Fisher? He's a big-time shot-maker and a worker bee on defense and a top-notch leader. He proved all that in all those years with the Lakers and last year with OKC, too. But again, this is a stop-gap, not a salvation. The possibility that he does nothing more than clog the development of the Mavs' kids is a potential negative. And then there is this, mean-spirited as it may be: A few months ago Dallas was planning to sign All-Star Deron Williams to start at point guard. Then it settled for Darren Collison. Now it's settling for Derek Fisher. a bus driver at best.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

A-Rod is (inadvertently) hurting the Yankees

Report: CM Punk to have back surgery, UFC debut delayed

John Elway: 2015 Broncos could be best defense ever

Lakers and Cavs discussed Kobe-LeBron trade in 2007

Report: Hiring Scott Brooks could help Knicks land Durant

Report: Tyreke Evans to undergo surgery, miss rest of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Sabathia on post-rehab health: The best I've felt in three years

Carmelo Anthony says he's putting his trust in Phil Jackson

Lynn Swann: Calvin Johnson not a Hall of Famer

NFL requiring background checks for combine participants

Rams owner buys massive 520,000-acre Texas ranch

Cam Newton explains why he did not dive on fumble

Craig Sager: From the brink of death to the NBA All-Star Game

Michael Oher slid backwards during play in Super Bowl 50

Magic interested in Blake Griffin trade?

Brandon Marshall on Newton’s presser: ‘You can’t do that’

Oscillation, thy name is Pablo Sandoval

Mat Latos could be the steal of free agency

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

Clemson LB has great response to NFL draft analyst's criticism

Former Aggies QB Kyle Allen reveals culture problems at Texas A&M

Roy Williams collapses during game vs. BC

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker