The struggling Dallas Mavericks’ backcourt is in flux and they have added a veteran with a championship pedigree to try to help stabilize it.
Derek Fisher is expected to make his debut with the club Saturday night when the Mavericks host the Detroit Pistons trying to avoid their first four-game skid.
Fisher took part in his first practice with Dallas (7-9) on Friday after signing earlier in the week. The 38-year-old has not played since Game 5 of the NBA finals for Oklahoma City.
“I’ve been working hard, just keeping myself ready for this moment, not really knowing where it would be,” Fisher said. “Just to be back out here with a group of guys with everybody working hard is good.”
Starting point guard Darren Collison is questionable for Saturday’s game after sitting out Wednesday’s 101-78 defeat at Chicago because of a sprained right middle finger. Third-year guard Dominique Jones has started the last two games.
Coach Rick Carlisle believes Fisher’s experience of 16 seasons in the league – and earning five championships rings – can help Collison.