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Fisher returns to Lakers after 3 season hiatus

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Derek Fisher is coming back to Los
Angeles and will rejoin Kobe Bryant in the Lakers backcourt.

They came into the NBA together in 1996, Fisher taken with the
Lakers' 24th draft pick and Bryant obtained in a draft day trade
with Charlotte.

Fisher, who turns 33 on Aug. 9, cleared waivers Thursday, and
the Lakers scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce his
signing. The contract reportedly is a 3-year deal worth about $14
million.

He had asked the Utah Jazz to release him from his contract so
he could concentrate on finding the best medical care for his
1-year-old daughter, Tatum, who has cancer in her left eye. The
Jazz honored his request.

Fisher played eight years in Los Angeles, including three NBA
championship seasons, before signing with Golden State as a free
agent after the 2003-04 season. After two seasons with the
Warriors, he was traded to Utah.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder averaged 10.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and
3.3 assists for the Jazz last season. He has career averages of 8.7
points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds.

He made one of the most dramatic shots in Lakers' history with
his desperate "0.4" second shot in the fifth game of the 2001
Western Conference semifinals against San Antonio.