16-year veteran guard Derek Fisher could be heading to Cleveland. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reported Monday evening that the five-time champion has the best chance right now of landing in Cleveland. That’s right, the Cavaliers may have found a backup for star point guard Kyrie Irving.
If the season were to start right now the Cavaliers would probably have Donald Sloan backing up Irving, a very unproven project. Sloan did shine at times throughout his 25 games with Cleveland this season, 11 of them which he started in. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds with the Cavs. Sloan also hit 40.3 percent of his field goals in Cleveland, which is better than Fisher’s mark of 34.3 percent with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fisher played in 20 regular season game and never started one.
Fisher played comparatively better in the same amount of postseason games, averaging 6.3 points (1.4 points better), shooting 41.5 percent (7.2 percent better) from the field and 37.5 percent (6.1 percent better) from three. The former Los Angeles Laker could be of great value to the Cavaliers, both on the court and off.
I think the best option available, as far as a backup point guard goes, for the Cavaliers is to sign Fisher to a two-year deal. During that time he could bring experience to the floor and make head coach Byron Scott breathe easier when Irving is on the sideline. His leadership abilities will affect the growth of Kyrie in a positive way, grooming him into a ruthless killer by the time the Cavaliers are ready to become playoff contenders again.
Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that the four other frontrunners are the Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls. Fisher would be a perfect fit if he landed to any of the five teams mentioned above, but it has been reported that the Bulls are most likely going to go with Kirk Hinrich.
Amick also had this to say about the possibility of Fisher playing in Wine and Gold:
For Fisher, the Cavs could present a good mix of a significant role and money (though possible terms not yet known) while playing a mentor role to Kyrie Irving.
The Cavaliers are not hoping to become a playoff contender by just signing Fisher alone. The Cavaliers are still three or four drafts away from being considered an elite Eastern force, if they play their cards right. If the Cavaliers are still in the running to be apart of the Nets-Magic super trade, Cleveland could build up draft picks.
Fisher, if signed by the Cavs, would be a very smart move to make apart of a rebuilding squad that could use veteran leadership.