Fisher staying at Staples


LOS ANGELES, July 13 – Veteran National Basketball Association point guard Derek Fisher announced Monday that he plans to re-sign with the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers.The five-time NBA champion took a look at offers from other teams as a free agent, including holding talks with the Miami Heat. But he said on his website Monday that he decided not to leave the franchise where he has spent 11 of his 14 NBA seasons.

Fisher started all 82 games last season, averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 assists. He elevated his game in the playoffs and finals, averaging 10.3 points to help the Lakers win their second-straight title.

Los Angeles already lost free agent Jordan Farmar to New Jersey on Monday.

The Heat re-signed one of their own Monday, inking Udonis Haslem to a five-year deal worth around 20 million dollars.

Haslem has been with Dwyane Wade for each of their previous seven NBA seasons and now he has stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh as new teammates.

"It’s good to be back," Haslem said.

Haslem has averaged 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds in his seven Miami seasons.