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Derek Fisher, Knicks agree to deal: reports
Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson are back together again, according to multiple reports.
Fisher has agreed to a five-year, $25-million contract to become the Knicks' head coach on Monday, according to Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report.
This deal would bring an end to a seven-week search for Mike Woodson's replacement. Woodson was fired April 21 following a season in which the injury-riddled Knicks failed to make the playoffs.
Fisher played 18 seasons, including 13 with the Lakers. The point guard ran Jackson's triangle offense for five championship teams. He also played with the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and spent the last season-plus with Oklahoma City.
Jackson has said he wants a coach with whom he has an established relationship.
Jackson was fined $25,000 for tampering on June 2 after he called Fisher a candidate for the Knicks' opening. Fisher was still under contract with the Thunder at the time and hadn't yet decided if he would retire.
Fisher jumped to the top of the Knicks' coaching wish list after Steve Kerr, Jackson's first choice, turned down the job to become Golden State's head coach.
Ex-Laker Rick Fox said Monday he also was a candidate for the Knicks job. He could still hook on with the team as an assistant coach.
With Fisher in place, both New York franchises will have head coaches heavy on playing experience but without much of a coaching resume. Jason Kidd went from the court to the Nets' bench last season, leading Brooklyn to the playoffs.
Fisher will now be part of the effort to keep All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony will be a free agent in July. He's said he wants to stay with the Knicks, but he also wants to win.