Veteran guard Derek Fisher suffered a knee injury last week and is taking time away from the game. Fisher asked the Dallas Mavericks to be released and the team granted his wishes.
“In Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon. The recovery time will be approximately two weeks,” Fisher said in a statement released Saturday night. “With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.
“(Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban has been extremely supportive and has granted me this request. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. From Mark, to Coach (Rick) Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks’ team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity.
“I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again. My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. I won’t close the possibility that I will play again, however for now my family and being close to them remains the priority.”
It seems like the end of the line has come for Fisher. Of course, when the playoffs roll around, a contender could come calling and Fisher could be back on the NBA hardwood.
Fisher was playing over 25 minutes a game during his time with the Mavericks averaging 8.6 points, and 3.6 assists. He played nine games with Dallas.