The trade has been agreed to, but not yet announced.

League rules prevent it from being formally completed until Wednesday at the earliest, and it could even be a day or two after that before all is finalized.

Derek Fisher, however, is coming to Utah.

Jerry Sloan, his excitement over that reality evident, jumped the gun Monday and offered a sneak peak into his expectations for the longtime Los Angeles Laker guard who'll soon be leaving Golden State to join the Jazz in a swap for guards Keith McLeod, Devin Brown and Andre Owens.

On the floor, Sloan sees Fisher as the ideal complement to sophomore-to-be Deron Williams, while making it abundantly clear that Williams, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft, still can be penciled in as Utah's starter at the point.

"No. 1, I think he can play with Deron (Williams)," the Jazz coach said of Fisher, a long-distance shooter who played both shooting guard for the Warriors and started at the point when injured Baron Davis was out of the Golden State lineup. "I think he can be a backup point guard or he can be a 2 guard.

"Just (from) what I've seen over the last couple years, you see a lot of that (dual-point guard backcourts) you have to play against," Sloan added. "It's tough to match up against."

Sloan does not seem overly concerned that using Williams, who is generously listed at 6-foot-3, and the 6-1 Fisher together leaves the Jazz with an awfully small and somewhat slow-of-foot guard tandem.

"I worried about size," he said with a shrug, "when I played Howard Eisley and John Stockton."

Yet Sloan did just that with some degree of frequency when Eisley was backing up the now-retired Stockton in the late 1990s.

"Howard wasn't going to blow by a lot of people. But he was going to do his job," the Jazz coach said. "And I can certainly see Fisher has that ability. Plus, he's got some toughness to guard people. That's what we liked when we . . . started to make (the trade)."

Also on the floor, but off as well, Sloan welcomes the addition of a 10-season veteran with 117 games' worth of playoff experience and three NBA title rings won during Fisher's eight seasons with the Lakers.

"We're not a very veteran team," he said. "Everybody likes to be a leader, but we've got young guys trying to lead young guys. That's why you need older guys that have experience, know what it's like to play four games in five nights and then have a day off and then go play another one — instead of saying, 'Oh, let's see if we can get it over with.'

"The most important thing is having enough toughness once you get to the playoffs.

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"If you want to try to build a team," Sloan added, "you want to try to build it to be a championship team, and not just a team that gets there and . . . can't compete."

As for competing for playing time, Sloan suggests Fisher — who averaged 31.6 minutes per game while playing all 82 games last season — should have ample opportunity to lead in Utah by on-court available.

"I don't tell anybody how many minutes they'll play," he said. "I couldn't do that. That wouldn't be fair to the other guys.

"But if he works out," Sloan added, "I wouldn't be afraid to play him 30 minutes, 35 minutes if you worked out a great rotation where you can use him that way."