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Lakers Re-Sign Derek Fisher

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The Lakers have retained the services of their starting point guard, as Derek Fisher has re-signed with the team with which he has played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons. Per Broderick Turner and Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the veteran guard, bringing back a steadying locker-room influence and one of their top clutch shooters of the last decade. The contract was believed to be worth about $10.5 million, including a player option in the third year.

Fisher released a statement on his website:

At the end of the day, there's one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts. We have won five championships together.

I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles. While this may not be the most lucrative contract I've been offered this off season, it is the most valuable.

I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin...

Earlier this offseason, the Lakers signed Steve Blake, and the duo is expected to share time at point guard. Fisher has started 82 games in each of the last three seasons, and currently has a streak of 413 consecutive games played. Only eight players have played more games with the Lakers than Fisher.