CHICAGO -- Lacking solid veteran leadership at point guard, the Dallas Mavericks will sign Derek Fisher to a contract on Thursday.
"We need help at the point guard position and, to that end, I might as well announce we're going to sign Derek Fisher tomorrow, pending a physical,'' coach Rick Carlisle said after the team's 101-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. "I think he can really help our situation with experience, defensively and really all areas of the game.''
Fisher, 38, won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1,173 career games, the 16-year vetran averaged 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per game.
The Mavs had started Darren Collison at point guard in their first 14 games, but with not the success they envisioned when they acquired him this past summer from the Indiana Pacers.
"I think his leadership will help,'' Collison said of Fisher. "He's a veteran guy that's been around the NBA for a very, very long time.
"I think he's going to help me grow into the player I want to be, and he's going to help this team grow.''
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