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Report: Heat, Thunder frontrunners for Derek Fisher’s services

Mar 20, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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How badly did Derek Fisher want to get out of Houston? He gave up his entire $3.4 million player option for next season, according to Real GM. That’s a lot of green to leave on the table.

But he is out — or will be Wednesday when he clears waivers — and is talking about how he wants a ring. Well, another ring as he has five already. And what he brings to a team is that championship swagger. He certainly doesn’t bring much on the court anymore, but he brings something to a locker room.

Which is why this report from Marc Stein of ESPN making the Heat and Thunder the frontrunners for his services makes sense.

The Heat explored the possibility of signing Fisher when he was a free agent in the summer of 2010 and have strong interest again now, sources say, even if they are successful in signing veteran forward Ronny Turiaf this week.…

Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is still trying to fill the void created by Eric Maynor‘s season-ending knee injury and, according to sources with knowledge of the Thunder’s thinking, is intrigued by the prospect of adding Fisher’s championship know-how to a group that’s leading the Western Conference but still young.

LeBron James said he thought Fisher would be a good fit with the Heat.

There are not a lot of minutes to be had in Miami, however. Mario Chalmers starts and rookie Norris Cole has played well — you may be concerned about a rookie in the playoffs, but he has played better this season than Fisher.

The Thunder have minutes to give out. Not a lot, because Westbrook plays the bulk, but there are some. What would be odd there is if the Lakers and Thunder met in the playoffs. That would be awkward for the Lakers, or at least their fans. Still, OKC may make more sense in terms of what he can bring and how he fits in.

  1. therealhtj - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Well wasn’t that sweet of Fish considering there was a snowball’s chance in hell of him not exercising the same option with the Lakers.

    Now if the Lakers can only get World Piece to opt out this summer.

    • redbullenergydrink - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      I like how you spelled PEACE. Haha. But yeah, he’s definitely a liability more than he is an asset ESPECIALLY when he’s attempting like 20 3-pointers a night!

  2. pl4tinum514 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The Heat clamor for anyone at all who has ever sniffed a championship. They’re so pathetic.

    • miamatt - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Yeah, that’s it, nobody on that team knows about winning. Except for Dwayne Wade, Udonis Haslem, the entire coaching staff, Pat Riley…

      More like they clamor for anybody who can fill one of the few holes they have, like any championship contender ought to do. Or are the Thunder pathetic as well? By your logic, yes.

      What I think is pathetic is morons like pl4tinuum514 rubbing their respective groins at any chance they get to take a swipe at Miami. Enjoy it while you can- in a few months you’ll be forced to resort to , “Oh well he never could have done it without Wade,” or “Well, it was a strike shortened season, this year was a fluke…”

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        He’s part of the butt-hurt gang. Those members are either from a team that LeBron was considering or from the depression that is Cleveland. They commonly make no sense, disregard facts and numbers, jump up in elation every time the Heat lose and yawn when the Heat win. They also use “clever” word play on LeBron’s name. Will talk about 4th quarters, and how Wade is a dirty player. And now it seems the Heat are pathetic because they are looking to add some depth. I wish the Dolphins had this “pathetic” front office running their team.

        Your last comment is spot on, even if the Heat win their will always be something. F the haters GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • letangusespertplus - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        he didnt mention the thunder so don’t try to lump them in with your pathetic fan base of try hards and empty seats.

  3. dv5454 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Fisher would be a nice addition to the Thunder.

    • gcbball3 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      ohhhh southbeachtalent your ignorance amazes me, the depression that is cleveland. too funny. i can almost gurantee you are a fair weather fan. one who was never really a big miami heat fan, or one that hadnt watched more than 5 games a year since timmy hardaway and zo were relevant in south beach, hell you probably dont even watch and sit up and wait for the sportscenter highlights to come one every night at 11pm. you see im from columbus ohio, and i have been a diehard cleveland sports fan in football, baseball, and basketball all of life for the ups and downs mostly downs but ive been there. lebron is a hometown boy and you cant sit there and seriously tell me that if you had a local star who everyone loved. who was supposed to be the savior, that your team in my instance the cavs gave him everything he wanted. and then he quits on you in the playoffs and hosts the decision that you wouldnt be a bit upset. if you say no everyone knows your full of it. yea the first year hurt, but look at the cavs now we have the rookie of the year who plays point guard in a pg driven league who takes over games in the fourth, and another very solid rookie who is getting better night in and night out btw thompson 27pts 12 rebounds last night irving 26pts and 6 assists, and guess what lbj wants to come back to cleveland its obvious. if i were you id hope that he can find is shot in the fourth quarter because the east have some teams who can score with them this year, the knicks provide serious match up problems for them, the bulls beat el heat the other night minus d rose and dwight howard and the magic are always a threat. and the rest of the playoff teams in the east, the 76ers. the pacers, the bucks maybe the cavs will not make it easy for your south beach talents to punch their tickets to the dance. enjoy your beach you beach

  4. jumbossportsblog - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  5. omgitskardashian - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Derek Fisher is being a clown right now if he thinks he can play for Miami. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are significantly better than him. They don’t need more point guard depth, they need SIZE!! Don’t let this guy hop on the bandwagon, Pat.

  6. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    It’s circle the wagons time for the Heat superfans. Get a room, you two.

    It shouldn’t take two of you to respond to one commenter pointing out the hilariously ad hoc nature that the Heat use to build their team. They’re like the Redskins of the NBA, except they are actually winning.

    Now that I’ve bumped the Hate/Superfan ratio up to 2:2, time for you both of you to activate your wonder twin powers and let me have it.

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