As the NBA trade deadline came to a close at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired a point guard and said goodbye to one —Derek Fisher, the longtime backcourt mate of Kobe Bryant.

First, the Lakers got point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga from the Cleveland Cavaliers for forward Luke Walton, guard Jason Kapono and a 2012 first-round draft pick.

Then, Fisher, a 16-year NBA veteran, was dealt with a 2012 first-round pick to the Houston Rockets as part of a three-way deal involving the Portland Trail Blazers. The Rockets sent forward Jordan Hill to the Lakers and sent point guard Jonny Flynn, center Hasheem Thabeet and a second-round pick to the Trail Blazers for center Marcus Camby.

Fisher, who spent his extended offseason in collective bargaining negotiations as president of the players’ association, started with the Lakers in 1996 and stayed until 2004, then returned in 2007. Over both stints he teamed with Bryant much of the time in the backcourt and has five championship rings, just like Bryant.

Fisher did not want to become a backup with the Lakers. Now, he’ll be a backup in Houston. He will face his former team Tuesday when the Lakers play at the Rockets.

Meanwhile, Lakers forward Pau Gasol, the subject of trade reports from before the season, did not get moved. He tweeted, “The uncertainty has come to an end! Happy to continue wearing @Lakers uniform! Now time to focus in playing basketball and winning!”

So the Lakers give up Fisher, Walton and both their 2012 first-round picks in cost-cutting moves that will help them reduce how much they’ll likely still be over the luxury tax threshold next season — and potentially over the luxury tax in 2013-14, when the more punitive tax under the new collective bargaining agreement kicks in.

Posted By: @BrookLynnDiva

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