It’s been reported today that free agent point guard Derek Fisher has met with the Miami Heat to discuss joining the “big three” of Lebron, Bosh, and Wade.

LeBron James himself was at the airport to welcome Fisher to Miami, but regardless of what Miami says or does, do they have a chance of signing him? Sources close to the 5-time NBA Champion suggest his preference is to re-sign with the Lakers, but is willing to listen to the Heat’s pitch.

Of Fisher’s importance to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant said, “We need to have him back, it’s as simple as that. It’s not a question of if he will be back; it’s a matter of when.

“I don’t care what [the cost] is. … They need to work that out and get him back because his significance to our ballclub and to me cannot be understated.”

Fisher leaving for Miami would be a devastating blow to both the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Likely, LA might begin to unravel at the seams. Kobe would feel betrayed not by Fisher, but by the Laker’s front office, perhaps beginning a slow downward spiral similar to what the Lakers faced in 2004 (and we all know how that ended).

The Lakers need to re-sign Derek Fisher. It’s as simple as that. They can’t afford to anger Kobe, that man is a loose cannon. Who knows, with Fisher gone, Kobe might get so upset as to request a trade.

Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak are smart guys. The Lakers are a smart organization. I am confident they will do the right thing.