Derek Fisher’s stint with the Mavericks didn’t even last a month.  At the request of the 38-year old guard, Dallas waived him on Saturday.

Fisher signed with the Mavs on November 29th as a free agent.  He started nine games averaging 8.6 points, 3.6 assists and 25.4 minutes.  The 16-year veteran suffered a strained patellar tendon in his right knee Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76er’s.   He did not join the team on its 3-game road trip to Memphis, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

Fisher released the following statement via his Twitter feed Saturday afternoon:

“In Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon. The recovery time will be approximately 2 weeks.  With this news & the difficulty I have been having being away from my family I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.

Mark Cuban has been extremely supportive and has granted me this request. I cannot say enough good things about this organization.  From Mark, to Coach Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity.  I have made decisions in the past, leaving money & opportunity on the table, & I will need to do that again.

My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be.  I won’t close the possibility that I will play again, however, for now my family & being close to them remains the priority.”

The Mavericks could call up guard Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Texas Legends, their D-League affiliate in Frisco.

Dallas is 12-15 on the year and plays in San Antonio Sunday night.

Personally, I will miss Fisher.  He is one of the best interviews in the business.  He’s got a great future in television, if he chooses.