Reports: Miami Heat Talking with Derek Fisher
The recruiting spree in Miami is not yet over. A couple of days since landing LeBron James in what is considered the most-publicized free agent signing in NBA history, the Miami Heat management is back in hunting mode, this time with point guard Derek Fisher of the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers as target.
Reports said Heat president Pat Riley talked with Fisher on Saturday, although details about what transpired during the meeting were not known. Both Fisher and Riley declined to comment on the alleged meeting. The meeting reportedly took place after the Lakers offered Fisher $2.5 million if he would stay in Los Angeles in the coming season.
Fisher, who has been a vital part of the Lakers’ last five championships, could receive a higher offer with the Heat, who still have room for more free agent signings after James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade all agreed to earn around $16 million less than what they could get.
Meanwhile, the Heat are reportedly also close to getting guard Mike Miller and re-signing Udonis Haslem, who has received lucrative offers from other teams but is enclined to stay in Miami. Wade, during James’ and Bosh’s, introduction in Miami on Friday, said the Heat are not letting Haslem leave. “We want Udonis back and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure Udonis stays home.”