Derek Fisher: Veteran PG Will Regret Joining Oklahoma City Thunder

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMarch 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04:  Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass as he is guarded by Mike Miller #13 and Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat at Staples Center on March 4, 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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It's become a near certainty that Derek Fisher will join the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that couldn't be a worse fit for both.

Randy Renner of is reporting that Fisher is in Oklahoma City to finalize a deal with the Thunder that will happen once he clears waivers.

Fisher's best days are well behind him in the NBA and in 25 minutes per game this season, he is averaging almost six points and three assists per game.

He did that as a starter running the point for the Lakers the entire season and was quite unsuccessful in doing so. That's why he's in OKC.

There's no question he adds a ton of experience to a young team's bench, but he doesn't exactly fit the mold of the direction of the team and the type of point guard needed to sufficiently back up Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder, while ready to win now, are an energetic team that likes to run when given the chance. Their athletic bench can run circles around opposing defenses, making them almost as scary as the starting five.

However, with Fisher running the point, you can expect to see the same stagnant offense the Lakers saw when they had Fish doing the same job.

The only difference in Oklahoma City is that Fisher won't have the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum playing with him. With a supporting cast that is less talented, Fish could find it difficult just matching his dreadful output this season as apart of his new team.

Once the Thunder realize he doesn't fit their offense well enough, they will have wasted a roster spot on a guy sitting on the bench.

You can talk about his winning pedigree all you want, but Fish doesn't have nearly the skill set he used to in order to bring that pedigree to Oklahoma City.

But at that price, it's certainly worth a try.