Fisher bolts Lakers for Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Point guard Derek Fisher finalized a
six-year, $37 million contract with the Golden State Warriors on
Friday, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for a team that hasn't made
the playoffs in 10 years.

Golden State said it will introduce Fisher at a news conference

The Warriors used their mid-level salary-cap exemption on Fisher
despite already having point guards Nick Van Exel and Speedy
Claxton under contract.

Fisher averaged 7.4 points per game in his eight seasons with
the Lakers. He won three championships with Shaquille O'Neal and
Kobe Bryant, but was relegated to the bench last season when the
Lakers signed Gary Payton.

Fisher wanted more playing time next season, and it probably
wasn't available in Los Angeles. A day after Payton exercised his
$5.4 million option for next season on June 22, Fisher opted out of
the final two years of his deal with the Lakers.

Fisher, who turns 30 next month, would have made $3 million in
Los Angeles in each of the next two seasons. Miami, Houston and
Seattle also pursued Fisher.

Even Bryant's return to the Lakers didn't sway Fisher, one of
Bryant's closest friends on the team. Bryant agreed to a seven-year
deal worth more than $136 million Thursday.