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"It’s hard to put into words what he’s meant to this organization on the court, off the court. If you’ve seen or read the release that our owner Dr. Buss put out, I think that puts it as succinctly as possible what he means and what he meant to this organization. From the bottom of our heart, my heart, I thank him for his contributions and I wish him well...Rightly, as I wrote this afternoon. But it doesn't make the decision any easier. And as Kupchak notes, the void Fisher leaves in the locker room is significant:
...I have not talked to Derek yet. I’ve talked to his representative and representatives and as you might expect, he’s probably not quite ready to have that kind of discussion. I don’t know if he’s spoken to anybody else in the organization. I do expect to speak to him shortly, perhaps today. Maybe tomorrow. I understand completely. It’s hard. It’s one of the hardest parts of a job that a general manager has – separating the emotions of a relationship that you built for many, many years, in this case over 10 years. He was drafted by Jerry West I believe in 1996 and now here it is in  and he went away for a year or two and he’s been with us for many, many years. So, it’s a hard thing to do, but that is what general managers do. Part of our job is separating the emotion and keeping the franchise moving forward and that’s what we tried to do."
"In general, financial considerations are a part of every deal we make. Every owner, every general manager, that’s one of the things you speak about when you’re about to make a deal or are contemplating a deal. There’s always financial considerations, especially going forward with the new collective bargaining agreement."On the potential problems pulling Fisher from the rotation, and how strongly his leadership and locker room role were considered before pulling the trigger:
"It crossed our minds, but I know he would have been professional. Personally I think it would have been a tough position to put a player like him in… It’s just hard to do. Additionally, we would have three point guards, all of which were very highly paid, and it just didn’t make sense to put that much resources into one position knowing that at the most two players can split the time, and it probably wouldn’t have made our job easier for the coach as well, to have to make a decision between three players, one which is an emotional favorite for a lot of people. It’s a decision that we made. I know Mike, coach Brown, had a great attachment to Derek, and it was tough on him to do that. But once again, it’s something that we did as an organization, trying to get younger and more athletic."
"It was discussed (his locker room importance/intangibles) and every time we talked about making a deal, it was discussed again. Even though we made two separate deals today, you kind of have to look at it as one big deal. One deal was designed to bring a player here and the other deal was designed to make it easier for the player you’re bringing to succeed, and on some level make it easier on the player that he’s replacing to continue with a career or the effect in the locker room. Then we got lucky, I think, getting a big man to help us in the front court. So I would look at it, even though it was two separate deals, as one big deal."