Lakers guard Derek Fisher will remain in Los Angeles in pursuit of his sixth individual championship and the team’s third straight.
Fisher made a statement on his website announcing his return on Monday afternoon, which Lakers spokesman John Black confirmed shortly thereafter.
Black said that an agreement was in place, though the deal has yet to be signed.
Fisher cited his personal relationship with Kobe Bryant in particular in his statement:
At the end of the day, there’s one person I could not turn away from. Kobe Bryant asked me to stay but supported whatever decision I made. He and I have played together for 11 seasons, came into the league together as kids, and has been loyal to me even when others had doubts. We have won five championships together.
I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles. While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this off season, it is the most valuable. I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin…
Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.