HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

June 9, 2014 Updates

It is immediately unclear whether the fifth year is guaranteed or includes a team option. Fisher’s deal matches the five-year, $25 million agreement Kerr reached with Golden State, but is less of a commitment than what New York initially offered Kerr to become its coach. Yahoo! Sports

All share longtime coaching or playing experience with Jackson, and Fisher plans to run Jackson's famed triangle offense with the Knicks. The Knicks' support system, centered on Jackson's mentorship role, is one of the most attractive features of the job to Fisher. Fisher played parts of 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships under Jackson. Yahoo! Sports

Frank Isola: The Knicks have not announced a press conference for Derek Fisher. (But at least they don't have to worry about the Warriors jumping in.) Twitter @FisolaNYDN

The New York Knicks' pursuit of Derek Fisher to be their new coach will ramp up this week and is widely expected to result in the hiring of the 17-year veteran guard, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that new Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fully focused on Fisher since Steve Kerr unexpectedly decided to take the Golden State Warriors' job, when Jackson and essentially the whole league believed Kerr was bound for New York. ESPN.com

The Knicks' main fear, sources say, is if Fisher were to decide to keep playing. Provided Fisher opts for retirement, as most expect, New York is in prime position to hire the 39-year-old who has long been regarded as a natural leader. In addition to his role on five championship teams with the Lakers, Fisher served as president of the NBA Players Association and has long been regarded by Kobe Bryant as his favorite all-time teammate. ESPN.com

June 7, 2014 Updates

The Lakers have decided they need a coach with previous NBA coaching experience, which means one thing for Derek Fisher: He isn't a candidate. The Lakers think Fisher will be a solid NBA coach or executive at some point, but their initial curiosity about him has been replaced by a desire for actual experience, the latest turn in a deliberately slow coaching search approaching the six-week mark. Los Angeles Times

June 6, 2014 Updates

Yahoo! Sports reported Jackson and Fisher spoke Wednesday and the two likely will talk again next week after Fisher formally decides whether or not to retire. Jackson needed Presti’s permission to proceed on interviewing Fisher this week for the Knicks’ head-coaching vacancy. The coaching search has hit nearly the seven-week mark. “We have absolutely no reason to expect Derek to keep us informed of his plans,’’ Presti said in his season-wrap-up press conference. “He’s going to have to make the decisions that are best for him. We wish him the best, as with any player that’s come through here. We want them to have fulfilling experiences as a professional but also as a person and reflect back on their time in Oklahoma City as a chance to do the best work of their career. “That’s a player, or a staff member or anybody. I’m hopeful that he looks at that and he feels that he got better and improved in different ways while he was here.’’ New York Post

June 5, 2014 Updates

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