NBA Rumors: Three Potential Suitors for Derek Fisher

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Head coach Mike Brown and Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers confer during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on January 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 73-70.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions at the trade deadline, they had to get rid of longtime point guard Derek Fisher, who was with the Lakers for all of Kobe Bryant's five championship runs.

Now, the aging veteran is looking for a new team. ESPN reports Fisher would love to sign with the Chicago Bulls.

But, C.J. Watson and John Lucas have been doing a great job filling in at the point guard position during Derrick Rose's injury, and the Bulls have the best record in the NBA right now.

Fisher to the Bulls simply doesn't seem to make much sense. So, let's take a look at three teams that are playoff contenders and could use the help of a veteran like Fisher.


Oklahoma City Thunder

Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman thinks the Thunder should go after Fisher. I agree completely.

The Thunder could use a reliable backup for Russell Westbrook, and some more playoff experience in general.

Even though Fisher is old, he still shines in the playoffs. He won't shy away from a big moment, which could be invaluable to the Thunder.

This young team needs some steady veteran leadership. They won't find a better leader than Fisher.


Miami Heat

With LeBron James's well-documented fourth-quarter struggles, the Heat could certainly use another steady hand to help Dwayne Wade in crunch time.

Fisher has a history of hitting huge, game-winning shots in the playoffs, and could provide a valuable veteran presence to backup Mario Chalmers.

A crunch-time five of James, Wade, Fisher, Chalmers and Chris Bosh would be tough to beat.

Taking a one-year flier on Fisher would be a good move for Miami.


Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies are another team that doesn't have a ton of playoff experience.

They could use a savvy veteran to put them over the top. Also, adding someone to backup Mike Conley, Jr. wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Fisher would be good at feeding the ball to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the post. And, as mentioned above, he's still clutch enough to hit a big shot or two.

He'd be a great locker room addition in Memphis, and would be like a coach in practice and on the sidelines.