NBA Basketball 2012: Derek Fisher to the Oklahoma City Thunder?

Courtney BuchananContributor IIIMarch 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 29:  Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a score against the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 105-84 win at Staples Center on February 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Derek Fisher has just reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets on a buyout, and you can bet he's looking to play for a contender. 

With OKC's back up point guard Eric Maynor down for the season this would be a perfect scenario for both sides.

At 37 years old, Derek Fisher isn't the same as he once was but still has some left in the tank to come off the bench and give the young Thunder some valuable minutes at the point guard position.

Fisher is also a five-time world champion, and can provide the Thunder with veteran leadership once playoff time starts.

Word is that Fisher was never given any kind of heads up on the trade that ultimately sent him packing and is a bit ticked off about it.

Which further makes it more and more likely that he would be motivated a bit more to stick it to those Lakers in a Thunder and Lakers playoff meeting in the near future.

The Thunder has to at least look at Fisher, their back up point guard Reggie Jackson has good moments, but at times is erratic and cannot be trusted deep in the playoffs.

Fisher on the other hand has hit big shot after big shot, and seems to thrive in big game situations.

Derek Fisher also has a great basketball IQ and still can hit the occasional open three-pointer.

This deal may or may not get done, but the Thunder could use a champion point guard like Derek Fisher coming off the bench once playoffs start.

I say sign him until Eric Maynor gets healthy and what you get is a proven winner, leader and a player with great basketball IQ.

Sounds like a perfect match for both sides,