I was talking about how the Lakers had been contemplating offers to get Rajon Rondo, but they had traded away Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets and now Fisher has been put on waivers by the Rockets. Mitch Kupchak, General Manager of the Lakers, stated that it was a hard decision to make but LA did get Ramon Sessions for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a first-round pick in this year’s NBA draft.
Since Sessions had been picked it was only correct from a management point of view to trade away an aging Fisher to the Houston Rockets in return for power forward Jordan Hill. Only time will tell how much the Lakers are going to miss Derek Fisher. The thing that Fisher has is the championship experience that is going to be hard to replace.
The other thing is his relationship with Kobe Bryant with whom he started playing with in the NBA since 1996 and the two of them have won five championships in their time together. Fisher was also a locker room leader and probably the only Laker player that Bryant listened too. Kobe will find it difficult, but I think Kupchak did what was best for the franchise moving forward.
It was interesting to note, however, that Kobe was not informed of the trade much like the time when the Lakers went and hired Mike Brown without consulting Bryant. Still, as upset as Bryant sounded when he talked to reporters, he still agreed that Ramon Sessions was very fast and had a great basketball IQ among other impressive skills that make a great point guard.