Ranking Mitch Kupchak’s Player Transactions As Lakers General Manager

8. Signing Derek Fisher: July, 2007: Derek Fisher spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, helping the team win three consecutive championships. After a three-year absence, in which Fisher played with the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz, Fisher re-joined the Lakers in the summer of 2007.

Fisher asked the Jazz to release him from his contract so he could find the best medical care for his daughter, who was suffering from cancer in her eye. Kupchak was smart enough to complete Fisher’s return to Los Angeles. D-Fish, both a favorite of the fans and Kobe Bryant, helped the team win two more titles in 2009 and 2010.

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In the 2009 Finals against Orlando, Fisher hit two clutch three-pointers against the Orlando Magic in Game 4, one at the end of regulation and one at the end of overtime, giving the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead.


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