According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, free agent point guard Derek Fisher will meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Saturday.
It’s clear what Fisher has to offer the Heat. Fisher is a veteran presence with championship experience, he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective, he plays hard, and he’s at the point of his career where the money doesn’t really matter to him.
What isn’t as clear is what the Heat would have to offer Fisher. Fisher already plays for the defending champs. He’s a hero in Los Angeles, and joining Miami would take something away from his stratospheric approval rating in the city of angels. He’s playing for Phil Jackson in an offense designed to hide his weaknesses.
The impetus for Fisher’s meeting with Riley is likely that Lakers and Fisher are reportedly going back and forth on contract negotiations; sources have informed ProBasketballTalk Fisher and his agent want a 2-year contract worth $10 million, but the Lakers have only offered Fisher a 1-year contract worth $2.5 million. Talks are ongoing.
Between that and the Lakers’ signing of Steve Blake this off-season, it’s easy to see why Fisher may be considering his options this off-season, but I doubt this is anything more than a attempt for Fisher and his camp to get some leverage over the Lakers — it’s not like the Heat have much cap space to make Fisher a bigger offer.
The idea of playing an important role on a team that features Bosh, Wade, and James has to be an intriguing one for any veteran, but Fisher would be better off staying with the team he’s won five championships with.
Last May, Magic Johnson tweeted that the Lakers chase LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan in free agency. All three players were still under contract with their teams until July 1.
In response to that apparent tampering, the Lakers announced Johnson had asked the team to remove his title of Vice President.
Too little, too late.
William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn of ESPN:
Outside the Lines learned this week — and confirmed with a senior Lakers official — that the NBA fined the team over Johnson’s communiques about players under contract to other teams.
If Drake got the Raptors fined for tampering by pitching Durant during a concert, the Lakers deserved this fine.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are dating. There are mixed reports about whether they’re engaged.
No matter their exact terms of their relationship, it brings increased attention to the Cavaliers – who are already in the spotlight as LeBron James‘ team and the defending NBA champions.
LeBron might not welcome increased scrutiny.
Gabriella Ginsberg of Hollywood Life:
LeBron James hasn’t been happy that Tristan Thompson is dating drama magnet Khloe Kardashian, and we hear that the teammates had a locker room showdown before the Cavs’ home opener game.
“Tristan isn’t taking any crap from his teammates anymore. As far as he’s concerned, Khloe’s coming to every damn game she chooses,” the insider reveals. “Tristan told LeBron straight up before last night’s game that Khloe was coming and that was that.”
There’s nothing wrong with LeBron, as a friend, advising Thompson about his personal life. They share an agent, Rich Paul, and that obviously means a lot to LeBron.
But at a certain point, LeBron should back off. Neither coworkers nor friends have a right to determine who someone dates.
76ers players are unsure how to respond to their franchise blocking Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem because she wore a “WE MATTER” jersey.
Justise Winslow is seemingly trying to nudge Philadelphia in a certain direction.
The Heat forward posted a photo with himself and the 76ers’ Jerami Grant raising fists and captioned it “WE MATTER”:
I’m unsure when this photo was taken, but my best guess is after the Miami-Philadelphia preseason game – which was preceded by the national-anthem singer kneeling during her performance.
Was Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha making the smart play to beat the defender or just showing off?
Either way, I’m glad he did it.