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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  22 responses

Mark Cuban Reportedly Upset About Derek Fisher Signing With OKC Thunder


Back in December, the Dallas Mavericks granted Derek Fisher’s wish to be released from the team, as the veteran guard said he needed to spend more time with his family. He has now joined the OKC Thunder, and the Mavs’ front-office is reportedly not pleased. Per NBA.com: “Apparently with 26 games left before the start of the playoffs, family concerns are no longer an issue for Fisher, who wore No. 6 for the Mavs because, as he said, he joined them on a quest for a sixth title. ‘This is not a pit stop,’ Fisher told his new Dallas teammates. Lo and behold, he will also wear No. 6 for the Thunder. He will make his second OKC debut in as many seasons at home Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets. So how do the jilted Mavs feel about this turn of events? Owner Mark Cuban did not reply to multiple emails on Monday, but one league source said the best way to describe the mood of the Dallas front office is ‘agitated.’ The source said that Fisher and his representatives never contacted the Mavs during his decision-making process to discuss a possible return to Dallas, the team that, in good faith, initially signed him. The source said that Fisher’s departure before Christmas seemed to come out of the blue. Of course, in 2007 when Fisher played for the Utah Jazz, he did have a family emergency in the playoffs. His 11-month-old daughter suffered from cancer in her left eye and required surgery in New York. After the playoffs — where Fisher had an iconic moment in the West semifinals — Fisher asked the Jazz to release him from his contract so he could concentrate on finding the best care for his daughter. After saying, ‘life for me outweighs the game of basketball,’ Fisher would soon sign a three-year deal to return to the Lakers.”

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  • pposse

    im upset too, with the emergence of Fish on the Thunder, I will be forced to not cheer for them anymore

  • spit hot fiyah

    can someone please leak cuban’s a-mail adress?

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Fisher’s departure from the Jazz always bothered me, it just came off as him using his daughters illness to get back to the Lakers. Granted the best oncologists are not located in Utah, there are better ones outside of LA too.

  • patrick

    rofl why? this is good for mav’s competitive chances,,(fisher is an old, slow player, with a sloppy shot..this will make them weaker)…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Despite all his God-preaching and good guy reputation, Fisher seems like a shady character.

  • Jay Cutler

    He certainly isn’t the statesman on the court that commentators like to make him out to be. Call it “being tough” if you want but he gets dirty with the rest of them.

    Sometimes you wonder if the ‘experts’ are watching the same game as everyone else.

  • patrick

    rofl derek fisher, what a sketchy ass mofo: “The source said that Fisher and his representatives never contacted the Mavs during his decision-making process to discuss a possible return to Dallas, the team that, in good faith, initially signed him.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s exactly what it was. if he wanted to be so close to his daughter he would never have signed with OKC in the first place.

  • shockexchange

    If Mark Cuban is upset, how does he think Billy Hunter feels … as the theme from “Jeopardy” plays ad in finitum …?

  • TM

    Why is that when an individual does what’s best for there Family, Its a problem!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    cuban burned again..fist LO and now fisher. i like dfish but everyone makes him out to be a saint. this latest is making me think otherwise to be honest!

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Thats not a problem, but this is not what Fisher is doing. He tells Dallas to let him go so he can be with his fam, then signs with OKC a month later?

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Maybe we’re all wrong. Maybe Fish did leave Dallas to spend more time with his fam, but when he got home they said “GTFOH”

  • LakeShow

    Wish I didn’t agree…

  • Respect

    D Fish is a joke

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I thought the same thing, but then I found out he left $8 million on the table in Utah and left money on the table in Dallas.
    If he leaves money on the table, what’s the matter with leaving? I could see if he took the money and then tried to play where he wanted, but he said “Hey, this isn’t working out” and gave up his check to go somewhere else. Makes sense to me.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    The problem is, he never says “hey this isn’t working out.” He told Dallas he wanted to spend more time with his fam in LA, then turns around and signs with OKC. He tells Utah he wants to leave to be closer to where his daughter can get the best medical care, but he doesn’t try and sign in NY, where she had her surgery and where Sloan Kettering is, he goes back to LA. That’s shady behavior regardless of the money.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hes always been shady and a bit clutch

  • roscoe

    just curious, who said fish is a saint?

  • roscoe

    if you get it… tell him to stop wearing t-shirts sized ssmedium?

  • ed powers

    cuban should stick it to fish and sign maurice evans.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Not really. If you consider that he agreed to those deals and realized later that they didn’t really work for him it make sense. It seems like he said “Hey, if I”m going to be stuck in a crappy basketball situation it’s not worth being away from my daughter.” On the other hand, if it’s a good situation he doesn’t mind the sacrifice.
    Dallas didn’t have to let him go, and he may find it hard to get the same concession elsewhere. But, in reality, Dallas didn’t spend any extra money and it’s not like Fisher is a game changer for them. It doesn’t feel like a big deal.

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