Derek Fisher in an Oklahoma City Thunder Uniform? Sources Say Yes.
It sounds like he might become a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder shortly after that.
Fisher is scheduled to clear waivers Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. ET. One source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com that Fisher is "very close" to committing to sign with the Thunder once he becomes a free agent.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Heat have made a strong recruitment effort to sign Fisher, but the Thunder have more financial flexibility to sign him and more of a role to offer after the loss of backup point guard Eric Maynor in early January to a season-ending knee injury. There is also a feeling among some rival teams that Fisher prefers to stay in the West, where he has played his entire career.
The news of Oklahoma City being a likely destination for Fisher was first tweeted by Sam Amick.
While Fisher was close to signing with the Heat before he re-signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2010, going to the Thunder makes more sense for him.
They're a young, talented, athletic team. Fisher has been around the championship block (five times) and can bring that experience to them. He's been a leader in the locker room and won't be a major liability on the floor.
While he isn't the Fisher of the Lakers' three-peat years, he's an upgrade from where they currently sit after losing backup point guard Eric Maynor to a torn-ACL in January. Rookie Reggie Jackson could definitely benefit from Fisher's presence.
And if the Thunder end up facing off against the Lakers in the postseason? Fisher will know a thing or two about how to exploit his former team.
“Derek is a consummate professional; an unbelievable leader,” Durant told The Oklahoman following the team's morning shoot-around in preparation of the Thunder facing the Utah Jazz. “And he played with arguably one of the greatest players to ever play in Kobe Bryant, and Kobe really respected him as a player and wanted him on his team so that speaks volumes.”
While nothing is official as of right now, this one sounds like a done deal. It makes sense. To quote the Thunder's Russell Westbrook: "Why not?"
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