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Veteran guard Fisher officially returns to Lakers

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The Sports Network
7/14/2010 5:03:34 PM
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El Segundo, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed free agent guard Derek Fisher, the club announced Wednesday.

Per team policy, no details of the deal were released. However, according to a report in Monday's Los Angeles Times, Fisher has agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the team he helped to the last two NBA titles.

Fisher, who turns 36-years old in August, was reportedly being wooed by Pat Riley and the new-look Heat after LeBron James and Chris Bosh signed contracts with the team last week.

But Fisher will stay in LA, where he has spent 11 of his 14 NBA seasons, including the last three. Fisher was also with the Lakers for their three- peat from 2000-2002.

"At the end of the day, there's one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts," Fisher said in a statement. "I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles...Let the hunt for six begin."

Despite averaging only 7.5 points and 2.5 assists during the 2009-10 regular season, Fisher contributed 10.3 points and 2.8 assists on the championship run this past season.

For his career, the Arkansas-Little Rock product has logged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists in 1,028 regular-season games, which included stints in Golden State (2004-06) and Utah (2006-07).

Derek Fisher (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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