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New York Knicks to hire Derek Fisher and stage Lakers reunion

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Derek Fisher and the New York Knicks are close to agreeing a deal that will see the Oklahoma City Thunder veteran become the franchise's new head coach on a five-year deal.

In his new role, which has not yet been officially confirmed, Fisher will join up with Phil Jackson at the Knicks, a move that will reunite the pair for the first time since Jackson was coaching Fisher at the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to Yahoo Sports, the deal is worth around $25 million and will of course mean that Fisher will be retiring from playing in the NBA.

Now 39, Fisher has recorded 10,713 career regular-season points and has played in more NBA playoff games than any other player in history.

The move however is something of a gamble as Fisher takes the unusual step of going direct into coaching after retirement.

Jason Kidd tred a similar path this time last year as he took the head coaching role at the Brooklyn Nets however, and, after an initially disappointing start to the campaign led the team to playoff action.

Fisher's decision meanwhile will be a blow for the Lakers, with his former team also reportedly interested in bringing him in as a coach.

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