Derek Fisher not with Rockets

Updated: March 18, 2012, 10:59 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Derek Fisher, who was traded to the Houston Rockets from the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, was not with the Rockets Saturday for their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

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"I haven't seen Derek yet," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "I have not talked to him."

"Not with team" was written next to Fisher's name on the Rockets' roster signed by McHale, who did not know what the team's plans were for Fisher.

"That's not in my job description," McHale said. "He's not here. If he was here he'd play. He's not here. I haven't seen him yet."

Fisher would normally have 48 hours to report to Houston for a physical for the trade to be completed, however the Lakers and Rockets mutually agreed to extend that deadline to 72 hours, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The Rockets are expected to buy out the $3.4 million player option for next season that is remaining on Fisher's contract with the Lakers.

Fisher had been the NBA's active leader for the longest regular-season consecutive games streak, having played in 537 consecutive games heading into Saturday. He had not missed a game since the 2004-05 season, when he was with the Golden State Warriors.

The 16-year veteran, who turned 37 in August, was traded Thursday to the Rockets along with the first-round pick acquired from Dallas in the Lamar Odom trade for center Jordan Hill.

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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